TOP scorer Chris Bacon believes Wisbech Town can overcome Northern League side Dunston in Saturday’s FA Vase fourth-round tie, sponsored by the Fenland Citizen, at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
Bacon played in last season’s Vase semi-finals when local rivals King’s Lynn lost out to Coalville and would love nothing better than to go one stage further with the Fenmen to Wembley this time around.
“It was a big disappointment losing to Coalville over the two legs. We were expecting to win, but Coalville were a very good side.
“It is very much how you perform on the day. We have lot of quality in our squad and if we are at our best on Saturday I think we can beat any team at this level.
“Hopefully we can get a big crowd because that can act as a 12th man too. It certainly helped when we were at Witham in the last round and the Wisbech fans really got behind the team.”
Dunston were quarter-finalists last season, losing out to Whitley Bay, and arrive at Wisbech on Saturday as one of the bookies favourites to win the competition while Wisbech are rated as 25-1 chances.
But Bacon is quick to point out: “Just like the FA Cup, the Vase throws up some surprise results too and everyone is looking forward to the game.
“We are four wins away from Wembley and with a little bit of luck in the draw who knows how far we can go.”
The goals may have dried up a little for Bacon, who in-between two spells with the Linnets, played in Australia but he has still notched 18 goals in 23 games.
He has certainly not lost any confidence in front of goal as he showed when scoring from the penalty spot against Newmarket after some glaring misses.
He was Mr Coolness personified as he took one step back and crashed the ball into the net. When asked about his unusual style he explained: “I am just comfortable doing it that way. I do it with free kicks too, perhaps I just want to get it over quickly but it works.”
“The goals have dried up for me a little but I am really enjoying my football. We have goals all around the team and I am just as happy playing a part in setting them up.”
Appleby will be without the suspended Callum Reed and cup-tied Ollie Pinner, but otherwise has a full squad to call upon and that means a return for Anthony Reeve in the middle of the defence.
He said: “I have had reports on them and they are a good side and I am expecting one hell of a game.
“It is a cup-tie and all the league form goes out the window and so it is on the day who performs the best and who wants it most.
“We are at home and hopefully will have a big crowd to get behind the players. I know our lads are really looking forward to it because we have a chance of reaching Wembley and really it will be down to how we perform.”
Wisbech are again in cup action on Tuesday night when they play Haverhill at home in the rearranged Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final. Pinner will be available but Reed is completing his two-match ban.