Gorleston prepare for emotional afternoon in FA Vase

Connor Ingram who scored the equalising penalty for Gorleston in the 2-1 home win over Felixstowe &

Connor Ingram who scored the equalising penalty for Gorleston in the 2-1 home win over Felixstowe & Walton United on Monday. Photo: DAVID HARDY - Credit: Archant

Gorleston boss Ricci Butler believes his players are going to have to put their emotions to one side when they take on Coleshill Town in the FA Vase fourth round proper this afternoon.

The Vase clash promises to be a poignant occasion for the Greens due to the circumstances around their progression into the last 32 of the competition.

In the previous round Gorleston supporter John Bailey died whilst watching his side take on Basildon at Emerald Park. The match was subsequently abandoned and when it was ordered to be replayed Basildon decided to forfeit their place in the competition and Gorleston went through.

Butler is determined not to let the opportunity be wasted but is urging his players not to be swept up in the occasion.

'I think since everything has happened it has been a tough time for the club,' said Butler. 'It's been difficult for everyone but some good has come out of it in that we now have been able to buy medical equipment, which can hopefully help someone in the same situation again.

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'But we feel very privileged and lucky to still be in the competition.

'As players you just have to play the game, nothing else. We need to focus on the job in hand and look to go as far as we can in the competition.'

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Today's opponents Coleshill are flying high in the Midlands Premier Division and coach Matty Potter was despatched on a scouting mission earlier this week to gather information on their rivals.

'It's always a bit different in cup competitions like this but you look at websites and their results. We don't know a great deal about them but Matty Potter did go down to watch them on Tuesday night in Birmingham and he was impressed.

'They are quick, physical and well organised – he said they look like they've been together a while.

'But it's more about what we can do on an occasion like this - we're going into the match in great form.

'There are obviously things we need to work on – in four of our last five games we've gone 1-0 down. We've had to show a strong mentality to come back each time but we need to look at why that keeps happening.'

Butler is hoping for a bumper crowd at Emerald Park but insists it isn't one of the biggest games in his young managerial career.

'It's a big game but I looked upon the match at Felixstowe as my biggest game in management because that was the next game.

'After this match, matches against Ipswich Wanderers and Stanway will be the biggest matches for us.

'It's exciting of course but you have to keep it in perspective. We're hoping for a decent crowd - we got 177 people in for the Basildon game and it would be great if we could get a good gate again.'

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