Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby said Saturday’s home tie with fellow Ridgeons League outfit Walsham-Le-Willows leaves them a perfect chance to chase FA Vase glory.
Anthony Reeve is unavailable, otherwise Appleby has a full squad to pick from when entertaining Walsham at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
He said: “The FA Cup is purely about glory – you’re never going to win it, whereas in the FA Vase you’ve got a chance to win. You need luck and things to go your way to get to the final.
“The opportunity doesn’t come round very much, and all the teams are at our level or below. I’d like to have a run and see how far we go. We’re good enough to get to the latter stages.
“Walsham are a decent side. The advantage to both us and Walsham is that we know each other much more than teams you get later on who you just know by name.
“I prefer to start the competition like that, you know what you’re up against. Always at this stage it’s better, and we need to take advantage of it.
“If we get a similar performance like last Saturday’s, then we’ve got every chance of winning.”
Last night Wisbech hosted Littleport in the Cambs Invitation Cup. Appleby said: “I’m going to be changing it big style. Danny Emmington, who’s 16, and Sam Darlow will be coming in from the Reserves.
“Steven Reid will have a run-out and it will be a chance to give a few people a game and to rest a few before the FA Vase game.”
Appleby made a statement regarding the vacant assistant manager’s position after Darren Edey, who he thanked for his efforts, resigned as reserve boss.
He said: “When Chris Dear left a few weeks ago, I fully intended to give Darren Edey a well-deserved chance to become my number two. As a result of Daz resigning in the manner he chose, it made it impossible for him to be considered for the position of assistant manager and he has now left the club.
“I will continue to work without an assistant for the time being, although Darren Jimson has kindly offered to help out on match days. I will see how things go over the next few weeks and re-evaluate then.”
The Fenmen go to Ridgeons Division One side Downham Market in the League Cup on Tuesday.