WGC have ‘huge opportunity’ for memorable FA Vase run

PUBLISHED: 07:15 20 October 2017

Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher believes this year's squad is good enough to go all the way in the FA Vase. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher believes this year's squad is good enough to go all the way in the FA Vase. Picture: DANNY LOO

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Adam Fisher feels this year more than any other in his five-year tenure could see Welwyn Garden City make a serious push towards Wembley and the final of the FA Vase – and he has urged the people of the town to lend their support.

City will battle Takeley in the first round proper of the competition tomorrow (Saturday) at Herns Lane.

Their best run in the competition took them to a fourth round replay and seemingly victory against Newmarket Town.

However, the tie was awarded to the Suffolk club after WGC were deemed to have fielded an ineligible player.

Fisher has overseen the next best effort, a third round appearance in 2014 where they lost 3-2 to Hadleigh United.

But the manager believes this year’s squad have the ability to go all the way.

He said: “This season the league is of course our major priority but with the squad and management team we have, all at the club feel this is a huge opportunity to go much further in the FA Vase.

“It’s a competition that always captures the imagination of our supporters and this was evident in the last round, when we were away at Abingdon United and had over 50 people make the journey by coach and car to get behind us.

“We are coming into the tie with outstanding form. We have won 15 and drawn one of our last 16 games in all competitions.

“The squad are now really starting to gel and whoever is playing knows what is expected of them.”

Takeley will be no pushovers, however, as they sit top of the Essex Senior League Premier Division, the same step as the Citizens.

And Fisher says it will be both club’s toughest test to date.

He said: “We have had them watched on two occasions and know they are going to pose a real threat and we can easily see why they are top.

“But we can also see areas where we can hurt them and I really think it is going to be a cracking game and one where I would urge as many people to come down and support us.

“Close games like this on paper can be determined by very small things and having extra support in addition to our loyal fans would be a huge help to us reaching the next round.”

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