Wroxham hit FA Vase trail again
Wroxham are hoping for another good run in the FA Vase when they embark on this season's campaign on Saturday, hosting Wisbech.
After reaching the Wembley showpiece final last season, where they lost to Whitley Bay, the Yachtsmen are entering the competition in the second round proper this time round.
While Wroxham would obviously love to reach the final again, manager David Batch is determined to take just one game at a time. 'The thing I would like out of this year's Vase is to get into the third round. Hopefully we will prepare properly and hopefully we will progress on the day, that's all that matters,' he said.
They are facing familiar opponents, for Wisbech also play in the Ridgeons League Premier Division and are four places below them in the table. They have played each other twice this season – one game a draw, the other a win for Wroxham.
But there will be no complacency, as Batch stressed. 'One thing I have learned about the Vase is that any game you play is tough. You never know what's going to happen – so every game whatever league, whatever team, we treat with respect.
'We have played Wisbech twice this season in the league, we drew away when we had injury problems, then at home two weeks ago we beat them 3-1.
'Whether any of those results is an indicator, who knows. We will find out on Saturday. We are certainly not of the opinion we just need to turn up – we know they will be really tough opponents.
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'We know the Vase is about what you do on the day. We will treat the game with every bit as much respect and intensity and care as we have done previously. Every game is winnable, we proved that last year when we were underdogs from the second round onwards. We knew if we prepared right and applied ourselves right we had enough ability to progress.'
Felixstowe & Walton 3, Wroxham 5
Wroxham extended their winning run to seven after an entertaining game on Saturday.
The Yachtsmen went ahead from the first corner of the game with Owen Paynter finding space six yards out to turn and fire home.
Felixstowe responded before Damian Hilton restored the visitors' lead with a looping header soon after and it was extended when Steve Jordan headed home at the near post from a corner.
The deficit was reduced with a well-struck free-kick. An open game continued with both keepers kept on their toes. Ross Durrant converted Paynter's cross from close range and Jordan headed home his second from a corner before the hosts netted a third.