Norwich United boss encourages players to aim high after historic FA Vase win

Mathew Blake (right) of Norwich United celebrates scoring their third goal with team-mate Ben Thomps

Mathew Blake (right) of Norwich United celebrates scoring their third goal with team-mate Ben Thompson during the FA Vase match at Homelands Stadium, Kingsnorth. Picture by Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd

Manager Damian Hilton is hoping that success has only just begun for Norwich United in the FA Vase.

The Planters players milked their moment after sending the club into the fifth round of the Vase for the first time with a 5-0 win at Ashford United on Tuesday night.

Hilton had targeted doing better than last season, when his side were knocked out in the fourth round, but the United boss is not going to be satisfied with just reaching the fifth round.

'That was always the target, to improve on the season before but we got carried away with it last year and thought we'd done enough by getting as far as we did,' Hilton said.

'But this season we don't want to be celebrating this, we want to be doing better than this, certainly getting through the next round.'

Photo gallery: Norwich United hit five to keep Wembley dream alive in FA Vase


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The former Wroxham manager did allow himself to enjoy the dominance of his team at Ashford for a brief moment though.

'To be 4-0 at half-time is just unheard of at this stage of the competition and I think they were probably better than what they showed against us. They've been a good side this season,' he continued.

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'But they couldn't deal with the pace and directness of our attacks in the first half and, if anything, it should have been more than four at half-time.'

Standing in United's way will be Hellenic League Premier Division side Ascot United.

The Planters travel to Berkshire to face the Yellamen on Saturday, February 7, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Having won 19 of their last 20 matches, however, there are few teams left in the competition who the Planters are going to fear.

'They play in a league that Ben Thompson used to play in a few seasons ago, so hopefully we'll know more about them than we did Ashford,' Hilton added.

'With it being the last 16 we'll probably go and watch them. Again it's away but we've shown we can win away on the counter-attack and we can certainly defend leads as well.'

Photo gallery: Norwich United hit five to keep Wembley dream alive in FA Vase

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