Laws backing Needham's cup form
AFTER two Ridgeons League victories on the road, Needham Market travel to Ely City tomorrow looking to start a run in the FA Vase.Manager Danny Laws has a full squad to select from for this first round tie.
By Elvin King
AFTER two Ridgeons League victories on the road, Needham Market travel to Ely City tomorrow looking to start a run in the FA Vase.
Manager Danny Laws has a full squad to select from for this first round tie.
Although Ely are a division below Needham, Laws will not be taking anything for granted saying: “I will be looking for a repetition of our FA Cup form where we were knocked out under controversial circumstances. Hopefully, we can carry that form on in the Vase.”
The last meeting between Needham and Ely was in the Ridgeons League Division One Cup final three years ago when Ely came out on top.
Two seasons ago Needham reached the fourth round of the Vase when they were defeated 6-3 after extra time by eventual winners Nantwich Town.
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After covering themselves in glory in an FA Cup run that ended with a four figure home gate and gallant defeat to AFC Wimbledon, Debenham Leisure Centre will be looking to make progress in the Vase at the expense of Leiston.
Jason Dozzell's Leiston are equipped for a long run themselves in a competition that has its final at Wembley Stadium.
Tomorrow's game should be an exciting affair with Ridgeons League, Premier Division Leiston starting favourites against their First Division opponents. But no cup game is easy against a side managed by Mel Aldis.
Mick Stockwell's young Woodbridge side travel north of Peterborough to meet Deeping Rangers with Lee O'Neill, Tony Boto, Jon Bickers and Ben Garnham, who have all been injured, expected to miss out.
Whitton United will find life difficult against a Wroxham side that is top of the Premier Division, and a victory for Ronnie Mauge's side would see them lining up to collect a giant-killing award. Walsham-le-Willows are capable of a long run, but first have to overcome Lincolnshire opponents Sleaford who beat Felixstowe and Walton in the last round.
Ipswich Wanderers are exempt until the next round, and face a tough trip to Lowestoft in the Ridgeons League, Premier Division while Felixstowe are at home to Norwich United.
In the First Division, Hadleigh United visit Halstead Town.
Manager Steve Jay faces an unenviable task in naming a side. In last Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Gorleston and Tuesday's 3-0 League Cup win over Tiptree, Hadleigh used a total of 18 players - with four others sitting on the bench.
A youngster making a good impression is striker Ben Goodchild, who followed up his five goals for the reserves this campaign by scoring the third goal in the cup win over Tiptree.