TADCASTER ALBION may be a long way from home in their quest to keep their Wembley dream alive tomorrow, but they certainly won’t be short of support.
Paul Marshall’s side visit Wiltshire-based Hellenic Premier League outfit Highworth Town in a quarter-final FA Vase clash – with both teams not needing to be told twice that they are just three wins away from a final date at the home of football on May 9.
Taddy will be roared on by a travelling army of well over 200, with Marshall’s message to his side being a simple one: make sure you are still in the competition come the final whistle, whether after 90 minutes or extra-time.
The Brewers travel down today and will stay overnight in a hotel in Swindon with Marshall – who had a famous FA Cup odyssey with Harrogate Railway in guiding them to the second round proper in 2002 – admitting his current side’s adventure is evoking memories of those heady days.
Marshall, without the cup-tied duo of Danny Gray and Nathan Kamara and the suspended Paddy Miller, said: “The support is mental and over two hundred are coming; for a Step Five team, it’s not bad.
“I think it’s 190 miles to get there.
“We have never had an overnight stop since I have been at Taddy and it is a while since I have done it, probably since back to the (Harrogate) Railway days when we stayed over at Windsor for a game against Slough.
“It will be a bit of a novelty.
“It is all very similar to the cup although when we were playing Bristol City and Slough, they were some levels above us and this team are on the same level.
“The final is at Wembley, but while we were never going to win the FA Cup, we have a chance of winning the Vase without a doubt when you are down to the last eight. Everything on the websites is #wembley and this and that.
“But it is exciting for every club still in it.”
On what he is expecting from Highworth, he added: “We have had them watched twice.
“It’s disappointing that I haven’t been to see them, but I had commitments to our games.
“But we know every team in the last eight will represent a tough game. The objective for us is not to get beat.
“We have been conceding sloppy goals and need to cut the individual errors out.
“They are a hardworking team with a couple of forwards who are very good and they like to get the ball wide to get the ball into the two big lads up front.
“They are quite direct apparently, but work extremely hard for each other.”
GUISELEY may have a crammed Vanarama North fixture schedule at the minute, but they are not complaining.
Most definitely not after a disappointing derby loss to Bradford Park Avenue, with the fifth-placed Lions having a chance to get back on track at Solihull Moors tomorrow.
On Tuesday, Mark Bower’s side return to the Midlands for a game against Worcester City.
Bower said: “Both will be dififcult places to go in a short space of time, but they are both places where we got results last season and we have beaten both at home this season.
“We need to go there with confidence. The games are coming thick and fast and we are in the middle of a Saturday-Tuesday run, so you can soon pick up points.”
Elsewhere, Harrogate Town visit Boston and Bradford Park Avenue host Hednesford.
Two derbies are the stand-out fixtures in the Evo-Stik League and NCEL, with Ossett Town playing host to Farsley AFC in the Evo-Stik First Division North.
In the NCEL Division One, new leaders Pontefract Colls, who hit eight unanswered goals in midweek and haven’t conceded a goal for six games, welcome Yorkshire Amateur.
FC HALIFAX face a key clash at Vanarama Conference play-off rivals Kidderminster tomorrow.
Neil Aspin’s side are currently in seventh spot in the table. The Harriers are one place and three points below them – although the Midlanders have played four games more to date in the competition so have extra motivation to succeed.