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Sussex club stands between Wroxham and Wembley

PUBLISHED: 11:02 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:24 13 July 2010

Action from Wroxham's FA Vase quarter-final win at Needham Market.

Action from Wroxham's FA Vase quarter-final win at Needham Market.

WROXHAM are a two-legged semi-final win away from an FA Vase final at Wembley following Saturday's stunning 2-1 win at Needham Market.

But the Yachtsmen's manager David Batch insists his side have not got it easy after avoiding FA Vase favourites Whitley Bay in Monday's draw.

WROXHAM are a two-legged semi-final win away from an FA Vase final at Wembley following Saturday's stunning 2-1 win at Needham Market.

But the Yachtsmen's manager David Batch insists his side have not got it easy after avoiding FA Vase favourites Whitley Bay in Monday's draw.

Wroxham have a last-four clash with Sussex County Football League side Whitehawk FC.

Wroxham travel to face Whitehawk, managed by former West Ham United defender George Parris, on Saturday, March 27, before hosting the Sussex outfit at Trafford Park a week later on Saturday, April 3.

And despite missing current Vase holders Bay, who will play either Barwell or Norton & Stockton Ancients in the other semi-final, Batch says it would be a mistake to believe a clash with the side from the south coast, would be more simple.

“A lot of people have suggested it was good to avoid Whitley Bay who seem get the favourites' tag.

“But saying that, we've beaten the third favourites and we've beaten the second favourites so I see no reason why we weren't good enough to do that as well,” Batch said.

“However, I think the other teams are decent. The team we've got have only lost three leagues all season and are second in their league.

“We're not going to get any easy rides at this stage of the competition and I think we'd be making a huge mistake if we considered that we had an easier route to the final, because we haven't got Whitley Bay.

“It's going to be a hard couple of matches. It's often not necessarily about football, but about the mental side as well because of the stage of the competition we're at so we need to deal with it.

“We only know about Whitehawk what you can see online. But clearly, every other game we've played this season we've had a lot of knowledge about the opposition and that process and building that knowledge starts again now.”

“We've got where we are in this competition by being good at times in this competition, by being dogged most of the time in this competition and by being the best prepared side in every single match we've played.

“And we've got to continue in that vein, it's as simple as that.

“We set out our stall at the start of the season when I came to the football club. I didn't promise anything to anybody other than the fact we would be the most professional, most prepared side at this level and we have been so far, and that has been enough, particularly in this competition a couple of times, to see us through.

“We need to keep that going because while it's a lovely occasion and a lovely thing to do and a lovely thing to be in, I don't want it to stop and nor do any of the players.”


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