Steyning will relish tough test at Ashford

Steyning celebrate their winner against Horsham in the last round
Steyning celebrate their winner against Horsham in the last round

STEYNING Town Football Club boss Alan Skipper is confident his side will give a good account of themselves when they travel to Ashford United in the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday.

Town head into the game in excellent form, after beating division-higher Horsham in the first round of the Vase, before defeating another higher-division side, Hassocks, in the Sussex Senior Cup last week.

Skipper knows his side face a tough test against a team third in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division but said: “I believe if our players turn up on the day in the right frame of mind and put in the right performance, then we will most certainly give Ashford a tough game.

“We are under no illusions what a tough test it will be for us but with the squad we have and the belief I have in them, we will certainly give a good account of ourselves.

“Going into the game, we have a strong squad available for selection. We have a couple returning from injury which is timely and just one or two who are carrying slight knocks to check on.”

Skipper has watched Ashford prior to the game and said: “We want to ensure that we are prepared as professionally as we can. Knowing something about your opponents could be the small differences that are needed on the day.”

Steyning, quarter-finalists in the 1980s, reached the first round of the Vase for the first time in 12 years this season.

Skipper said: “We are most certainly looking forward to the game, as you can imagine. Not just the playing squad but the club as a whole.

“Our reserve game has been rescheduled for Friday night, so that the majority of those players can support us on the day.

“The club’s committee has again been working tirelessly to ensure we are prepared as professionally as possible for a club of our size.

“With Ashford having an artificial surface, our chairman and the club’s main sponsor have kindly arranged with Worthing FC the use of their artificial surface. This will give the players at least a chance to get a feel for it, so our thanks goes to them.”

If the game is drawn, the replay will take place at The Shooting Field on Tuesday.

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