Pressure will be on holders - Horlock

NEEDHAM Market's Kevin Horlock says that the pressure will all be on holders AFC Fylde when the teams meet in the fourth round of the FA Vase at Bloomfields on Saturday.

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NEEDHAM Market's Kevin Horlock says that the pressure will all be on holders AFC Fylde when the teams meet in the fourth round of the FA Vase at Bloomfields on Saturday.

And the 36-year-old had good news for the Ridgeons League Premier Division club when he confirmed that he plans to stay with them next season.

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Horlock is the leading light in Danny Laws' Needham team and is set to overcome a sore throat and cold symptoms to play at left back against their Vodkat North West Counties Premier League opponents.


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Needham lost to Fylde - then called Kirkham and Wesham - in last season's semi-finals before the Lancashire-based club went on to beat Lowestoft Town in the final at Wembley.

“As holders they will start favourites and the pressure will all be on them,” said Horlock.

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“The only pressure we will have is what we put on ourselves.

“We are on a good run and in confident mood and know we can make a big statement by knocking out the holders.

“I was not at the club last season, but am well aware of the bitter disappointment after being two goals up in the semi-final and within touching distance of Wembley.

“I have played for 18 years and only reached Wembley once - so I know how infrequently these chances come along.”

Horlock has good memories of his one game at Wembley when he powered in a long shot in stoppage time in a third tier play-off game while with Manchester City.

Paul Dickov then snatched a dramatic last-ditch equaliser and City under the management of Joe Royle went on to beat Gillingham on penalties.

“Who knows, without my goal, City might still be down in the lower divisions and not in a position to be talking about a �100million deal to bring Kaka to the club.”

Horlock has featured in 28 games this campaign after injury led to him turning out just twice in the previous two years at the end of his professional career with Doncaster.

“I feel great,” he added. “And if Needham want me I have no intention of leaving the club.

“We are expecting good support on Saturday, and fans can help us go through.

“I had a good feel about Needham before I joined, and this has been proved correct.”

Leiston are fancied by many to be favourites to lift the Vase this year after their wonderful exploits in the FA Cup, and consistent form in the Ridgeons League. They visit Hungerford on Saturday - the team Sudbury Town beat to reach the 1989 Vase final.

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