Parris believes Hawks can turn FA Vase tie around

Whitehawk boss George Parris remains convinced his side can wreck Wroxham's Wembley dream. The former West Ham defender knows the Hawks need to produce their best away display of the competition to overhaul a 2-0 FA Vase semi-final first leg deficit in Easter Saturday's Trafford Park return.

Whitehawk boss George Parris remains convinced his side can wreck Wroxham's Wembley dream.

The former West Ham defender knows the Hawks need to produce their best away display of the competition to overhaul a 2-0 FA Vase semi-final first leg deficit in Easter Saturday's Trafford Park return.

Paul Cook and Andy Eastuagh's second half salvo have left the Yachtsmen on the brink of becoming the first Norfolk finalists since Diss triumphed in 1994 - but Parris believes all is not lost.

"It was always going to be a tense game but we were quite happy at half-time, 0-0 up the hill," Parris said.

"We thought if we set our stall out in the second half we would have half a chance of nicking a goal but we didn't do that.

"I have let the players know what I feel about it and it certainly won't happen again.

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"The only good thing is we are only halfway through.

"If it was a one-off we would be out the cup.

"We can win up there.

"We have made it difficult for ourselves but there is no reason why we can't go there and get a result."

Parris has been boosted by the news assistant player/boss Darren Freeman is available for the second leg despite being red carded in stoppage time for an apparent elbow on Eastaugh.

The former Fulham frontman's disciplinary case will not be heard by the FA until after the return tie and Hawks' skipper Jay Head is urging his men to grab their second chance.

"We played pretty well in the first half and looked in control of the game," he said.

"Fair play to Wroxham because they did a job but for us to come out and put on that show in the second half was bitterly disappointing.

We have let ourselves down a bit, because if you look at how well we have played in the competition and some of the results we have got away from home it shows we have got character and we have got quality.

"We have now got to pick ourselves up.

"We have lost and at any other stage of the competition we would be out but we still have it all to play for.

"It is only half-time and if we go there, put on a performance and get an early goal, it is game on again. We have definitely played better away from home this year.

"Wroxham will go into it feeling very confident but we have ability and we can go there and get a result."