Rye boss Price is ready to topple King’s Lynn

Rye United boss Scott Price insists his side can spring an FA Vase shock in tomorrow's quarter-final against King's Lynn at The Walks.

Price admits the Sussex County Division One outfit are outsiders to reach the last four in front of an expected 2,000-plus home crowd, but he believes the visitors will rise to the occasion.

'I guess it's a tie where everyone else outside of Rye doesn't expect us to win,' he said. 'We are certainly not just turning up to make up the numbers. We know there'll be a big crowd and that might come as a shock to some of the players.

'I hope it doesn't faze them and it's a slight concern, I suppose, because we have three lads over 30 and the others are between 17 and 22, but most of them probably won't notice they are even there.

'We've a few experienced boys who are used to playing in front of bigger crowds but we are all looking forward to it.


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'This round is anyone's. From what I gather they expect to win but if we play well then we'll surprise a few people – as long as we can get over the initial onslaught from the crowd.'

Rye have done it the hard way in this season's competition with Lynn their seventh away draw.

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'We've had one home tie, which we couldn't play at home because of a fire at our clubhouse in pre-season,' said Price. 'We drew that against Chalfont but everything else has been away. I think when the draw came out King's Lynn was the one we wanted to avoid, with probably Whitley Bay.

'I've had someone go and watch them and we've had a report. No doubt they've done the same to us. I think we've both gone too far in the competition just to ignore it. For us, it's been an unbelievable run. We got through a few early rounds, beat the side that was top of our league and then we put out Chalfont, who were one of the favourites, and then people talk about Wembley and you think, 'No, we're little Rye,' and then we go to Chesterfield in a later round and win and you start to think it could happen.'

The ambitious Sussex side were only promoted from step six last season but continue to punch above their weight – conceding only 10 goals in the league so far.

'We've managed to get back to our home ground now but considering where we are in the league and how many games we have had to play away it's pretty remarkable,' said Price. 'We're very experienced at the back but we are quite an attacking side, believe it or not.

'We've got a good mixture of lads who have played at a decent level and then the younger ones – quite a few who were released by Brighton – and they are a good bunch of lads.

'Rye is a tiny little town. The biggest club to us is Hastings – which probably 90pc of us have played for, me included – who were at the same level of the old King's Lynn a few years ago.

'The owners are a husband and wife and you probably won't find two more committed people anywhere in the world, but our pitch is a council pitch which would prevent us going up any higher. The club is looking to move one day and buy their own ground so our ambition is there. It's just a matter of when.'

• Supporters can purchase tickets for tomorrow's FA Vase tie at The Walks in advance from the club's ticket office, which will be open tonight between 5-7pm.

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