Yachtsmen looking out for an edge over the Bay

Paddy DavittWroxham boss David Batch will leave no stone unturned in the Yachtsmen's bid to beat holders Whitley Bay in next month's FA Vase final at Wembley.Paddy Davitt

Wroxham boss David Batch will leave no stone unturned in the Yachtsmen's bid to beat holders Whitley Bay in next month's FA Vase final at Wembley.

Batch made his second north east scouting trip last week to watch Bay lift the Northumberland Senior Cup at Newcastle's St James' Park.

Wroxham officials also plan to watch the Bay over the league run-in, with Batch looking for any edge he can get ahead of the Wembley showpiece on May 9.

'I've seen them personally twice and we've had them watched another couple of times on top of that,' he said. 'We'll have them watched again at least twice but, much like us, they are mixing and matching their team.

'Having said that, I can see one or two bits that may be of use to us and some information that we will pass onto the players that they can utilise to help us.'

Wroxham's countdown has now begun in earnest with Batch wanting no distractions for his squad.

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'We were really busy making all the arrangements since winning the semi-final but we gave ourselves until the CRC league game the other weekend as a cut-off point for all that,' he said.

'Now we can turn our attentions to the game and we have just under the two weeks to prepare.

'The focus for me and the players is solely on the football side of this occasion. After the Whitehawk game I was pleased to see the players saying it was for our officials and fans and that they deserved to get to Wembley. Now we're at Wembley, winning that football match is for the players and the staff. That has to be of paramount importance because anything that happens on the day of the final is all about them.'

Batch, whose side are at home to neighbours Norwich United in the Ridgeons League tonight (7.45pm), is confident the Yachtsmen will be inspired by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

'We'll enjoy the experience of preparing for the biggest match of our lives,' he said.

t Tickets for Wroxham's FA Vase final against Whitley Bay at Wembley on Sunday, May 9 are priced �25 and �12.50 for under 16s and supporters aged 60 and over. For a full list of outlets selling tickets along with Wembley travel information visit or call Trafford Park direct on 01603 783538. Dolphins Autos (01603 400300) and Skyplane Travel in Norwich (01603 424010) both plan to run coaches to the game and match tickets can also be purchased from those outlets.

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