Wisbech Town boss Steve Appleby believes his side can make an epic FA Carlsberg Vase run.
The Fenmen sailed through their weekend third round tie 4-2 at Thackley, and their third successive away draw sees them at Dudley-based side Gornal Athletic in the fourth round on Saturday, January 19. The winners get £2,000.
Appleby said the draw “could be worse” and added that going all the way is possible.
He gave the reason as: “The belief was more from last year’s defeat more than this win on Saturday.
“We could and should have beaten Dunston who then went on to win the competition.
“Although we were gutted at the time we thought ‘we lost to the winners and we could’ve beaten them’. It just shows that we are capable. We’re never going to win the FA Cup but we can win the Vase.”
Top scorer for Gornal, seventh in the Midland Alliance, is Marvin Nisbett with 17 goals in 23 games.
Wisbech need to keep their title hopes alive with victory in Saturday’s home match against Kirkley & Pakefield.
“If we are still playing in the cup we need to keep getting three points in the league, as there will be a big gap. We hope to still do that,” Appleby said.
“Kirkley are a young, energetic side. Paul Tong is building a side and will cause problems.
“I would like to think we’ve got enough about us to keep our run going. The key is matching their enthusiasm and to show a bit of experience.”
The Red Insure Cup tie with Thetford postponed from Tuesday last week was re-arranged for last night. Appleby planned to use the same players as last week, to give bench players some match time.
Appleby said the postponement made no difference to his Vase preparations.