Trip to Ely City gives Norwich United chance to bounce back quickly from FA Vase defeat

Manager of Norwich United Damian Hilton reacts to his players during the FA Vase match at Ascot Race

Manager of Norwich United Damian Hilton reacts to his players during the FA Vase match at Ascot Racecourse Ground, AscotPicture by Seb Daly/Focus Images Ltd +447738 61463007/02/2015 - Credit: Seb Daly/Focus Images Limited

Norwich United manager Damian Hilton will demand his team put their FA Vase disappointment behind them quickly this week.

Losing 3-0 at Ascot United in the fifth round of the competition left Hilton disappointed but his side have the chance to get straight back on track tomorrow night.

The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division leaders travel to bottom-of-the-table Ely City tomorrow night, knowing that a win will extend their lead to 10 points.

With 20-goal striker Ben Thompson and experienced centre-back Greg Crane both set to return after being unavailable for the trip to Berkshire, Hilton is hopeful of quickly returning to winning ways.

'You never know what's going to happen in this competition (the FA Vase), you come away and it's always difficult, we've got a league game now on Tuesday and we've got to get back to winning,' Hilton said.


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'An away game is always difficult but we've got to make sure there's no hangover from today, obviously we'll make some changes, Thommo and Craney will both be available so that'll be a plus for us.'

Photo gallery: Norwich United not at the races as FA Vase run ends in Ascot

It was only United's third defeat of an outstanding campaign so far, ending a Vase run which has earned the Blofield club over £4,000 in prize money.

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Finding themselves 3-0 down at half-time is not something the Planters players are used to, and Hilton was not happy with their start to the match.

'I'm massively disappointed, defensively I thought we were very naive early on and didn't really make them work that hard for the goals and when you do that you give yourself a mountain to climb,' he continued.

'I was really pleased with the second-half performance to be fair, we had some good chances, probably more chances than they had but didn't get a goal and obviously that determined the result.

'Defensively we tried to play offside a couple of times and I don't know why, we never said we were going to play offside, we got that wrong and made mistakes instead of defending the ball and they took the chances well.

'But every one of them could have done better defensively really so it's just disappointing.'

Photo gallery: Norwich United not at the races as FA Vase run ends in Ascot

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