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Hammers look for FA Vase revenge
5:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
NIGEL Birch is hoping the old adage ‘ a week is a long time in football’ comes to fruition on Saturday.
The Cradley Town boss takes his side to Dudley Town for an FA Vase first round tie.
Last Saturday Birch watched his side beaten 4-2 at the Beeches View Avenue by this weekend’s opponents, only Cradley’s second home defeat of the West Midland Premier League campaign.
They went some way to addressing that defeat on Tuesday with a dramatic 3-2 win at Dudley Sports which completed a league double for the Hammers. Matt Vaughan got the winner five minutes into stoppage time after a brace from leading scorer Chris Bladen.
Birch, who is now in sole charge while joint manager Marcus McDonald takes a back seat through work and holiday commitments, said: “They will start as favourites. They are a big, strong side and have been scoring freely all season but we were in the game for 60-70 minutes on Saturday.
“They will start as favourites and they will expect to beat us on their pitch having done so on ours, which was a bit of a shock for us, but our aim will be to be in the game going into the last 15 minutes.
“I suppose there are two ways of looking at it. If we’d won maybe we could be over-careful but if we lose it could be a case of trepidation. But I’m sure it won’t be a game for the feint hearted.
“This competition is very important clubs at our level both financially and from a prestige point of view so i’m sure the chairman will be wanting a win as much as myself and players, and i can tell you the players are really looking forward ot the game.
It’s a one-off game and we haven’t done well against teams in the top five but if we play as we did beating Pegasus Juniors last week we have a chance.
“We get away with mistakes against some teams but we don’t against the top teams and it’s up to us to eradicate those mistakes.
“But when Dudley Town can bring someone like a striker like Dreniz Bala off the bench as they did on Saturday it shows the quality they have available to them.”
Vaughan is suspended while Jordan Archer and Chad mcCormack (both hamstring) are doubts but ex-Cheltenham striker Mike Townsend could feature while Spencer Blackham is also set to return from an injury lay-off.
Providing the Vase tie reaches a conclusion Cradley will be on their travels again with a league game at Studley on Tuesday.
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