Wroxham need fear no-one in FA Vase
Royston 0, Wroxham 5Wroxham chief David Batch insists the Yachtsmen should fear no-one after clinching an FA Vase quarter-final against Ridgeons Premier Division rivals Needham Market.
Royston 0, Wroxham 5
Wroxham chief David Batch insists the Yachtsmen should fear no-one after clinching an FA Vase quarter-final against Ridgeons Premier Division rivals Needham Market.
Batch's men destroyed a Royston outfit that had lost only twice at home in 14 months to set up a cross-border tussle at Bloomfields on February 27 for a place in the last four.
Steve Spriggs silenced the majority of a bumper 650-crowd at Garden Walk with a clinical early strike before doubling his tally six minutes after the break.
Royston's tormentor-in-chief then nutmegged Arin Fehmi to tee up Danny White who rifled past Jorden Gibson. Owen Paynter struck a cool penalty before Matt Daniels despatched a fine fifth following a free-flowing Wroxham move that underlined the visitors' total dominance of the cup tie.
Scott Howie was belatedly pressed into action with an acrobatic tip-over before his customary penalty save prevented Luke Robins slotting a late consolation.
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Batch is convinced Norfolk's FA Vase flagbearers can now secure a semi-final berth at their Suffolk rivals later this month in the biggest local footballing derby of the season.
'It's a huge tie, no doubt about that,' he said. 'I actually knew it would come out of the hat on the evening before the draw - I was convinced, and when I heard it my reaction was, 'great', because we can beat them.
'Whether we do, how the occasion goes on the day, how we handle it, well, who knows? They are second favourites for the competition and they will be strongly fancied, but we beat the third favourites in the fourth round and we know we can do it again.
'I feel we are more than capable of winning. We proved that when we went down there in the league before Christmas and should have won the game, but we drew 0-0.
'Most importantly the players will know they are capable of losing a game like that, which is perhaps a different mentality than we needed to show here, but anything can happen.'
Batch praised his side's professionalism at Garden Walk. 'The funny thing is the boys in the dressing room were not elated, I'd say they are content, because they expected it.'
Wroxham: Howie, Pauling, Howes, Challen, McNeil, Simpson (Lemmon 87), Spriggs (Paynter 72), Eastaugh, Cook, White, Gilmore (Daniels 61). Subs (not used): Carus, King, Self. Att: 650.
Meanwhile, Wroxham's League Challenge Cup quarter-final at Needham on Tuesday was postponed.