FA Vase run would give Wanderers a financial boost

AFTER missing out on any potential FA Cup pay day, Ipswich Wanderers boss Glenn Read is fully aware that an FA Vase run would be a financial boost for the club.

Wanderers, who lost 3-0 at home to Hadleigh United in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, entertain Eton Manor in a first round qualifying tie tomorrow.

Read admitted: “It would be nice to have a run in the FA Vase.

“I don’t know much about them, but they only lost 2-0 to Norwich United in the FA Cup last Saturday.

“It is going to be a tough tie – a match against any side in the Essex Senior League will be tough.

“We played Bowers & Pitsea, who are from the same league, in a pre-season friendly, and that was tough.”

Wanderers have taken seven points from five matches in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League so far this season, and currently occupy sixth place.

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Read admitted: “We would have liked to have had more points, but when you look at the two teams we have lost to they are top and second.

“We lost 1-0 to Newmarket on Saturday and didn’t deserve to lose, and, if anything, deserved to beat them, so that was disappointing.

“I was on holiday for the Cambridge University Press match, but we conceded two goals and could not pull them back.

“We are lacking goals at the moment. We only have Craig Jennings playing upfront. We need another striker and are trying to bring one in.”

Jennings, who joined from Ipswich Athletic in pre-season, scored along with Jack Severy in the 2-1 win at Long Melford on Wednesday and has netted three of Wanderers’ seven goals so far.

Goalkeeper Jamie Stannard, who has returned to the club from Leiston, is the most high-profile of Wanderers’ signings, who also include former Ipswich Town trainee Sam Brandon, centre half Rob Canfer (ex-Debenham LC), right back Lee Smith (ex-Hadleigh United) and central midfielder Lee Wilcox (ex-Ipswich Athletic).

Wanderers have this week added central midfielder Josh Capocci, who left Felixstowe & Walton United, to their squad.

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