FA Vase test for Welwyn Garden City at Cricklewood Wanderers
PUBLISHED: 17:35 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:35 28 October 2015
Welwyn Garden City are heading to Wembley on Saturday in the FA Vase.
Adam Fisher’s side face Middlesex County League Premier Division side Cricklewood Wanderers in the first round proper tie at Wembley FC’s Vale Farm, where Wanderers groundshare.
Despite taking on a side from two tiers below them in the non league pyramid, Fisher is not expecting an easy ride in north London for his SSML Premier Division troops.
He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I had them watched last week and they have some decent players.
“It’s a game we are expected to win, but we know we can’t be complacent. They beat Risborough Rangers in the last round and they gave us tough games last year, it’s not going to be easy.”
Cricklewood have a short, but inspirational history.
The club was formed in 2011 by a group of homeless young people with help from the homeless charity Ashford Place.
Since then Wanderers gained FA Charter status, won promotion from the Middlesex County League Division One to the Premier and are taking their FA Vase bow this year.
After a first round qualifying bye, Wanderers’ first appearance in the competition saw them edge Rangers 1-0 to set up the Citizens clash.
WGC made the first round proper thanks to a 1-0 extra-time win over Haverhill Borough and then a 5-2 triumph over Waltham Forest, a game in which Josh Bronti bagged a hat-trick.
Fisher has aspirations of getting past Saturday’s opponents and progressing much further in the competition.
“We set ourselves a target of getting to the last 32. Should we win on Saturday and get a favourable draw in the next round we’ll only be one away from that,” he said.
“The FA Cup has the prestige, more prize money and the hope of getting a league team in the first round proper, but the FA Vase is more achievable as if you get a good draw and a bit of luck you can get a good run.”
After claiming the SSML Division One league and cup double last season, Fisher is on the hunt for more silverware to take back to Herns Lane this season.
He added: “We want to win something this year whether that’s a county cup, a league cup or whatever to keep the momentum going from winning the double.”