Spirit can sweep Wroxham to Wembley
Paddy DavittWroxham midfielder Gavin Lemmon says the Yachtsmen's team spirit can carry them to Wembley in the FA Vase.Lemmon knows Trafford Park chief David Batch faces an impossible task keeping all his squad happy ahead of Sunday's semi-final, first leg trip to Brighton outfit Whitehawk.Paddy Davitt
Wroxham midfielder Gavin Lemmon says the Yachtsmen's team spirit can carry them to Wembley in the FA Vase.
Lemmon knows Trafford Park chief David Batch faces an impossible task keeping all his squad happy ahead of Sunday's semi-final, first leg trip to Brighton outfit Whitehawk.
The 26-year-old was left out for the thumping 5-0 win at Royston before forcing his way back into the side for the Ridgeons quarter-final derby win at Needham that set up a last four tie.
'That feeling is not something I ever want to experience again,' said Lemmon. 'So I hope I have done everything I can since to make sure I am in the side. There's bound to be some disappointed lads at the weekend but I know we have the team spirit here that everyone will rally round and be on board.
'Even the ressies are coming down after they have played on Saturday and will support us on Sunday - that shows the spirit we have at the club now. I doubt there is many clubs you would see that happening but a lot of the reserve players have been part of it. For me, they are not reserve players, they are Wroxham football club players. You've got a lad like Ross Durrant who had not been around the first team until these last few weeks and is now pushing to be involved in the squad.'
Lemmon was an unused substitute for the midweek Ridgeons Premier defeat at Wisbech - and admits league matters have had to play second fiddle in recent weeks.
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'To be honest, since getting through the quarters the league has been a bit of a non event for us,' he said. 'Everyone was buzzing and couldn't wait for these games to come around. I was happy to sit out the Wisbech game because the last thing you want is to get a whack. These two games have been a long time coming for many of us.
'As much as we try and take every game as it comes, the league has not been a priority. You try and forget about these cup ties but they are in the back of the minds of every player and maybe subconsciously that shows in how you go into the other games. The difficult one is you still you want to tick over and try and get even fitter if you can.'
Lemmon is refusing to look beyond Sunday's first leg to a potentially favourable return draw at Trafford Park the following week.
'I don't think having the second leg at home makes a bit of difference at this level,' he said.
'It could be all over depending on what happens in the first game. Look at Lowestoft two seasons ago when they got to the final they won 4-0 I think, which you would have hoped meant the second leg was meaningless, and they ended up losing it 3-0 and going through 4-3.
'We have to make sure we come away from the first leg in the contest and hopefully with the upper hand. We always set up very solid which is suited to going away from home. At home, there is an expectation on you to force the game and attack. We're better on the counter attack than being on the front foot. Even when we played Armthorpe at home we tried to copy what we had done in the previous away game at their place.'