Brightlingsea Regent have had to order extra replica shirts such is the demand after their victory over Bodmin Town – as FA Vase fever hits the Thurlow Nunn Premier club

Kevin Hughes, in red

Kevin Hughes, in red - Credit: Archant

Brightlingsea Regent have been inundated for replica shirt requests after Saturday’s exciting FA Vase victory over Bodmin Town, at North Road.

The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side have reached the fifth round (last 16) of the national competition and now face north east side Dunston UTS for a place in the last eight.

It’s a tall order against a Dunston side who won the Vase in 2012.

But fans of the club are getting behind their team.

“Our win over Bodmin is still being really enjoyed even now,” said Regent manager James Webster.

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“It was a great day and the chairman has had to put in a special order of replica shirts because he’s had about 25 calls from fans who want them.

“I don’t know if they are thinking of travelling to Dunston, but it’s just great, the interest.”

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Brightlingsea are still fighting on two fronts this season as they continue to chase league leaders Hadleigh United for the Premier Division title.

The Essex side have an incredible nine games in hand on the Brettsiders from Suffolk, but even victory in all of them won’t be enough to take them to the top of the table.

“It’s nice to be fighting on both fronts and obviously the Vase brings you the prestige and finance,” Webster added.

“But the league is the bread and butter and at the end of this season I would like to think we have done enough to give ourselves a chance of promotion up the pyramid.”

Brightlingsea travel to Woodbridge Town on Saturday in a league clash but will be missing influential defender Kevin Hughes.

He played with a sore knee against Bodmin and the injury flared up again after the game and now he is out for a few weeks, at the least.

“Kev is a big loss and he’s at the time in his career when he knows what is best for him.

“I think he is aiming for the Dunston game to make a return, but he will miss three or four league games before that match.

“Woodbridge have a new manager and have some new players too.

“It will be a tough game but we are looking forward to it.”

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