Wroxham can expect bumper FA Vase crowd

Paddy DavittWroxham were yesterday warned FA Vase fever is gripping weekend opponents Royston Town.David Batch's side travel to the ambitious Molten Spartan South Midlands outfit who expect a bumper crowd to mark the biggest game in their 138-year history.Paddy Davitt

Wroxham were yesterday warned FA Vase fever is gripping weekend opponents Royston Town.

David Batch's side travel to the ambitious Molten Spartan South Midlands outfit who expect a bumper crowd to mark the biggest game in their 138-year history.

Crows' chairman Steve Jackson is predicting a memorable last 16 tie with Wroxham's Ridgeons League rivals Needham Market awaiting the winner.

'Realistically the players at this level are not going to get too many opportunities to go and play at Wembley,' he said. 'As much as you say take one game at time it is difficult and whoever gets through I think would have a tough game against Needham who have been at this stage for a few years now.


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'This is the furthest we have been as a club in the competition and we're trying to really get the message out about how big a deal this is. We've been trying to promote it and get a big crowd. Our average is around 200 but we would be disappointed not to get 400 plus and last year we had 800 for a league game. I'd say we're definitely the biggest club in this area.'

Royston have already knocked out Ridgeons opposition with a 2-1 home win over Stanway earlier in the competition.

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'If I'm honest they were a little unlucky and probably deserved a replay,' said Jackson. 'We played Wroxham pre-season as well so we have a little bit of experience against sides from that league. We know it will be tight at this stage of the competition because you're not going to have an easy game. You just have to perform on the day and hope you get the breaks.

'We're certainly trying to push on as a club and we wanted to get ourselves to step five which we achieved this year. It's a very young squad. I think the oldest player is 24 and our average age is about 21, but they know each other. They've grown up together and played as a side for a few years now so they have that understanding.'

Jackson admitted Royston face similar a fixture backlog to the Yachtsmen with cup success forcing league progress firmly onto the back burner.

'The aim was two promotions in three seasons when I came in about a year or so ago,' he said. 'Speaking to the manager we both thought that was realistic and we managed to achieve one in the first year. Realistically, it will be tough this year because we're still in three cups as well but in the next couple of years I hope we can achieve Ryman or Southern League status.

'We're there or thereabouts in the league, but we have so many games now. They're making us play 13 in March, which is a third of the season in one month, so I think top six is a target we can achieve. We're doing work to the ground as well to get that to step four requirements. We're trying to be a progressive club.'

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