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MATCH NEWS: Manager and player previews

Ahead of our visit to Wisbech Town on Saturday in the FA Vase, manager Paul Smith, plus captain Craig Jones and defender Aaron Roberts, have being previewing the fourth round proper encounter.

Paul Smith spoke about the importance of the competition: “Those that know about us will know how close we came last year. While I am at this level of football, I have a burning desire to win the competition for my players, staff and, most importantly, our brilliant fans.

“The players feel they have unfinished business in the competition and this game is the next step of the journey. The journey obviously ends if we lose; that is why the tie is huge.

“To get to the last 32 of the competition two years on the trot is a great achievement in itself. It’s a very special cup competition at our level. It ignited our towns love for football last year. We are trying to emulate and surpass last year’s achievements for the brilliant supporters that travel in their hundreds, home and away.”

On our opponents, he commented: “I have had Wisbech watched; their recent run of results show they are flying at the minute. My reports suggest we will have to be at our best if we are to continue in the competition. That said, we are ticking along nicely ourselves so it’s all set for a cracking cup tie.

Captain and defender Craig Jones reflected on the magic of the Vase: “There’s something special about Vase matches, especially after the run we went on last year. The memories from the run we went on last year.

“The memories from that run and bringing the whole town together will stay with me for a long time, but this year it’s all about creating more.”

Looking towards the upcoming game, he said: “Saturday is going to be tough, any team that makes it to the last 32 has to be respected, along with the fact it’s a long away journey.

“But we are in good form, have the squad capable of progressing to the next round and beyond, not to mention the brilliant backing of our fans, who will no doubt travel in their numbers. We will go there raring to go, respectful of our opposition but fully confident of winning the game.”

Defender Aaron Roberts talked about how the team are raring to go after our postponed match versus Worcester City on New Year’s Day.

“It was really gutting for everyone, especially after our second half performance in the Boxing Day game; we were up for it and had high hopes for the day so it was a shame, as much so for the fans as ourselves, it fell to the weather.

“But we’ve got to put that behind us and concentrate on the next game; the Vase is a competition that’s massively important to us, especially after last year and as well we did, we still have that feeling of unfinished business being so close to the final.”

Talking about Saturday, he said: “Wisbech are next in line for us and going away from home to any team at this level means your always going to be up against it, especially it being a few hundred miles away, but hopefully with a great following support and the lads ready for it, we can make it feel like home come Saturday.

“We know a win Saturday puts us into the latter stages, which is when our best performances, not only as a team, but as a club, since I’ve been involved, have come.”


2 Responses

  1. Adrian Lynn

    We may be out in the sticks but Wisbech is 119 miles from Bromsgrove, not “hundreds of miles” as suggested by Aaron Roberts. I hope you all have a safe journey tomorrow.

    Adrian Lynn, Wisbech

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