Swaz and his team look forward to this Saturday’s FA Vase tie at Lancashire side Garstang.
Looking back at how we’ve done in the Vase over the past few seasons, it still pains me that we haven’t progressed further. Looking ahead however, this is a great opportunity for the lads to realise their potential and possibly go even further than the Fifth Round. Garstang will be well up for this game and it will give them a welcome break from the league, which has been a bit indifferent for them. Saying that, I have all confidence in my squad. If we prepare correctly, apply ourselves, stick to what we do best and go out and enjoy it, we will be in the draw for the next round.
The FA Vase is always the competition that everyone at this level looks forward to. Management, Players, Committee and the fans, what’s not to enjoy? The chance to play in a final at Wembley has got to be motivation enough for any player. This is a one-off game and as they say “anything can happen in the cup” so we will approach the game like any other, focused on the job at hand. The squad we have is unbelievable and a great set of lads, so for me, they deserve a day out under that famous Arch, so why not this season?
Unfortunately, I’m missing for this, as I’m away with work in Bournemouth. Gutted that I’m missing it as it’s always a competition I look forward to. No one was more disappointed than me after going out last season in the Fifth Round, but hopefully we learn from that. The players know what I expect from them week-in-week out and even though I’m not there, I will still be reminding them that the standards don’t drop. Desire, commitment, passion and team spirit, our group have it all and that should see is in the hat for the next round.
I’m really excited for this weekend’s FA Vase game. The past three seasons we’ve had a good run in this competition and I feel, with the depth of quality we have this season, we can push further this year. But, first and foremost, we need to be up for the fight and show more hunger and desire than Garstang FC, if we are to be in the hat for the next round.
Coming off the back of a disappointing draw away to Consett is not ideal, the lads deserved more out of the game and they know it, it almost felt like a defeat. Moving onto the Vase game, I’m confident we will get the result we want, everybody is coming together, and we are starting to dominate sides, and score goals. Teams are fearing us now and that works in our favour, we are a top side playing good football and I’m sure it will be the same in the Vase game.