Ascot United boss Lamb is relishing FA Vase adventureBy Lewis Rudd
February 08, 2013
Jeff Lamb believes his Ascot United side will need little motivation ahead of this weekend’s fifth round FA Vase tie at Newport.
Tomorrow's trip to the Isle of Wight represents another historic moment in the club’s history, after the Yellamen’s first ever venture into round four of the competition on Saturday saw them dispose of Borrowash Victoria 3-0 in a confident and composed performance in Derbyshire.
Goals from Sam Wadieh, Lee Boon and a penalty from substitute Jon Bennett set up the short trip over the Solent this weekend, where a win over the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division outfit will secure a place in the quarter-final of the competition.
Lamb said: “We’re absolutely buzzing and the changing room is a great place to be at the moment, as you can imagine.
“We totally dominated the game, and if it was a league game it could have been more because we created so many chances.
“Everyone worked hard and we knew we were going to have a chance if we did what we worked on in training and our attitudes were right on the day.
“Shape wise, we just wanted to stay in the game until half-time, frustrate the other side, make sure we kept tight defensively and hit them on the counter-attack and we did.”
Ascot have reached this stage after wins over Slimbridge, Chinnor, Witney Town, Reading Town, Colliers Wood United and Borrowash.
Saturday’s victory had extended the club’s unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.
However, that came to an end on Tuesday night following a 3-1 Bluefin Sports Insurance Supplementary Cup defeat against Hellenic Division 1 West side Clanfield.
Lamb, though, made wholesale changes to his line-up given this weekend’s tie is very much at the forefront of his thoughts.
“It was a chance to play some of the fringe players, youth team and reserve players,” he said.
“It was another game and the chance for us to look at the younger players coming through and to give some of the guys a rest for Saturday.”
Turning his attentions to Newport, Lamb added it would be difficult to prevent his players from dreaming of a possible Wembley final in May, with the potential showdown just four games away.
But he insists those selected for the trip will be fully focused on the task in hand and what Saturday’s game represents for the club.
He said: “For the club it is huge.
“This is the furthest myself and some of the other players have been in the Vase.
“I had a run in the FA Trophy as a player a couple of years ago – but not in the Vase – and I suppose we are now at the highest level of this competition.
“The fact we could be going to Wembley, you try and laugh it off, but the thoughts will be in the back of the minds of the players.
"One of the players said after the game on Saturday we’re now one step nearer so you do start to think maybe this could be our year.
“But we are just enjoying playing at the moment. It is great for us and we will see what happens.”