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FA VASE: Malmesbury boss doesn't fear Shrivenham
BOSS Gareth Davies admits that Malmesbury are ‘massive underdogs’ for tomorrow’s FA Vase clash with Shrivenham, but says the lack of pressure could end up working in his side’s favour.
Division One West outfit Vics play a level below Hellenic Premier Shrivenham and the first qualifying round has paired the local rivals together with a prize fund of £600 going to the winner.
And while Davies would love a good run in the prestigious competition, he is realistic enough to know that a big task lies ahead.
“Don’t get me wrong, the club could do with the money but when you look at the big picture we’re going there as massive underdogs,” he said.
“Shrivvy play in the league above so there is no pressure on us to do anything.
“Sometimes being an underdog isn’t a bad thing and there’s nothing to fear if you’re classed that way.
“We’re expected to lose the game but we will certainly go there and give a good account of ourselves and show what we’re capable of.”
Davies has a full squad for tomorrow’s game while Shrivvy are without central midfielder Ryan Wilkinson, who is away on holiday.
“We’re one side of Swindon and they are the other, so it’s almost half a derby,” said Shrivvy boss Dave Turner.
“We’ve had a similar start to them in a higher division and I’d say we are favourites being from a higher league.
“But we should embrace that as it’s not often we can go into games as favourites.
“Hopefully we can produce a performance and get a result, but I’ve been around long enough to know it doesn’t always go to script.
“I think we have the right sort of players that will step up to the mark. Malmesbury have started off quite well this year and we aren’t taking it lightly.”
Turner is still waiting for an answer from his goalkeeping target but he was due to make a double signing last night.
The Barrington Park chief was set to hold talks with former Wootton Bassett utility player James Blake, who has seemingly recovered from a long-term ankle problem and has worked his way back to fitness by playing Sunday football of late.
Turner was also set to discuss a switch with Highworth midfielder Martin Stratford, who has been looking for a new club.
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