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Stanway Rovers boss Lakin is ecpectin a humdinger of a match with Brightlingsea
8:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
STANWAY ROVERS boss Barry Lakin is predicting an “absolute humdinger” when his side make the short trip to BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT for an FA Vase clash.
The Thurlow Nunn neighbours are set to do battle in an eagerly-awaited second round qualifying tie.
And having just met in a hotly-contested league fixture, Lakin is expecting quite an occasion at North Road.
“It might not mean much to the wider football public but, for our two teams, it’s a huge match,” said Lakin, whose side picked up their first victory of the season at basement boys Woodbridge on Wednesday.
“It means so much to both teams, their supporters and committee members. “Both of us are desperate to progress and it should be an amazing occasion – an absolute humdinger.
“Brightlingsea start as favourites because they are at home and in cracking form, sitting at the top of our league.
“As a group, they’ve also been together longer, so are a more experienced unit. “We’re the underdogs, but we’ll be doing everything in our power to get the right result because in terms of cup football, a Vase run is the pinnacle for every Step Five footballer.
” Lakin is a Vase winner, having won the competition in 2000 during his days with Deal Town. Jack Harrington, Marlon North and Michael Shaikley scored Stanway’s goals at Woodbridge.
Elsewhere in second round qualifying, HALSTEAD TOWN are at home to Team Bury.
Town boss Mark Benterman will be hoping his players can bounce back after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Haverhill Borough.
It ended a run of five straight victories which had given them their best start to a league campaign in 25 years. “Losing to your rivals from just down the road is disheartening, but I’ll take five wins out of six,” said Benterman.
“We’ll move on now. We lost against Great Wakering (in the FA Cup) and then went on a seven-game unbeaten run, so I’m hoping the boys will respond again.
“We don’t like the feeling of losing, so hopefully we can come back stronger against Team Bury.”
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