Boss Lamb says Ascot United are 'buzzing' ahead of historic FA Vase tie this weekendBy Lewis Rudd
January 18, 2013
Jeff Lamb insists a potential trip to Wembley will not distract his Ascot United players from the task in hand as they prepare to travel to Borrowash Victoria this weekend for the hugely-anticipated FA Vase fourth round tie.
Billed by some as arguably the biggest game in the club’s history, United boss Lamb is taking his charges to the East Midlands Counties Premier Division high-flyers tomorrow looking to secure a spot in the last 16 of the competition.
Should the Yellamen progress then they would be just four games away from a silverware showdown at Wembley.
Lamb, however, is refusing to look no further than this weekend’s opponents, who currently sit fourth in their respective league table.
Having taken the club to uncharted waters in the Vase, where they are now the only Hellenic League representatives left in the knock-out competition, Lamb said: “I don’t want to take too much of it away from the players at this stage of the competition, as obviously a possible trip to Wembley will be in the back of their minds, but we take every game as it comes.
“It is massive game for the club and we are in a good run of form and this is one of those games that cannot come quick enough because we want to keep going and going.
“But it is just another game and we have not been trying to think about it too much as we have had league and other cup competitions to deal with.”
With the fixture now just two days away Lamb admitted his players, who enjoyed gym, swim and sauna sessions earlier in the week as part of their pre-match preparations, are “buzzing” ahead of the 150 mile trip to Derbyshire.
And not only will they head to the Watkinson Construction Bowl backed by a large contingent of supporters, but also full of confidence having extended their unbeaten run to five games following the 4-0 win at AFC Hinksey in round two of the Bluefin Sports Insurance Supplementary Cup on Saturday.
Having reshuffled his pack for the fixture with the Hellenic Division 1 East outfit Lamb revealed he may now be presented with something of a selection headache as he begins to put together his starting line-up for Saturday.
“Did I have Saturday’s game in mind? (at the weekend) yes and no,” he said.
“Everyone who played on Saturday went out knowing they had the chance to stake a claim for this weekend, and they played well.
“We won 4-0 and everyone played well for me – not one player pulled out of a tackle and everyone did their job.
“Anyone in the 16 has a chance of starting and everyone of them is capable of giving a good performance.
“I have my thoughts on every player so the line-up could change last minute.
“My only hope is the weather holds out for us, because I think this is the first time this season Paul (McGrotty) and I have everyone available, so we are in good shape as a squad.”