Saffron Walden Town chairman hoping big atmosphere can propel Bloods to FA Vase history again

PUBLISHED: 09:53 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:05 26 November 2015

Shaun Avis the first team Supporters Player of the Year with chairman Martin Johnson

Shaun Avis the first team Supporters Player of the Year with chairman Martin Johnson


Martin Johnson is hoping a bumper Catons Lane crowd can rouse Saffron Walden Town to another epic FA Vase victory, this time at the third round stage against Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division outfit Berkhamsted.

The Bloods reached the fourth round in front of some big crowds last season, their best-ever efforts in the competition, and having won 3-1 on the road at SSML Premier Division side Biggleswade United 3-1 in the previous round last Saturday, Town are just one triumph from equalling that achievement this time round.

Promotion-chasing Berkhamsted, currently third in the Premier, stand in their way on December 12, but chairman Johnson feels Town can deliver another emphatic performance to advance further.

He told the Reporter: “First and foremost we were delighted to get a home draw in the next round.

“We had some really big crowds during our run to the fourth round last season like against Kings Langley in the second round and AFC Dunstable in the third and they certainly helped us over the line in those games.

“I know it will be a fantastic day at Catons Lane, especially in the lead-up to Christmas, and it is definitely our biggest game of the season so far.”

Stuart Wardley’s men are no strangers to cup scalps in 2015/16 having beaten step four opponents Cheshunt in FA Cup qualifying back in August, so the task of beating in-form Berkhamsted is not beyond them.

He continued: “It’s a massive prize for us because, we may be looking too far ahead, but we’re only five games from Wembley so you never know?

“We’ve already beaten teams in higher divisions than us this season so we have nothing to fear from this tie.

“We could have scored six or seven against Biggleswade so another showing like that and I’m sure we can get through to the next round.”

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