Saffron Walden Town eyeing cup run after home draw in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 November 2014

Charlie Gray celebrates his goal. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Charlie Gray celebrates his goal. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden Town will have to produce another upset if they are to reach the third round of the FA Vase after being drawn at home against Kings Langley, but assistant manager Jason Maher believes they can beat anyone at Catons Lane.

The Bloods won 2-1 against last year’s Thurlow Nunn First Division champions Whitton United at home on Saturday thanks to Craig Calver’s 91st-minute winner, which set up a second round tie against SSML Premier Division outfit Kings Langley. Turn inside for full match report.

Speaking of the next round, Maher said: “They’re a good side from what we know but you can never say never.

“There isn’t that much difference between steps five and six [in non-league football] in my opinion - it will come down to desire and application on the day.

“If we play our best and maintain the quality and standards we have been reaching this season then there’s no reason we can’t beat them.

“They’re a good side but so are we. And we’re at home. We fancy our chances at home against anyone. No teams, apart from March Town and Long Melford, have come to Catons Lane and got anything. We’ve been good at home and the crowds have been excellent.”

Maher conceded that a trip to Wembley was probably out of the question but called the FA Vase a “great competition” and one Walden want to do well in.

Chairman Martin Johnson added that while the focus remains on promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, a cup run would be a reward for everyone involved with the club.

“To get through a few rounds of the FA Vase would be fantastic,” Johnson told the Reporter.

“We’ve got a home tie [against Kings Langley] which is what we wanted. The home crowds have been brilliant and to get over 300 on Saturday was tremendous.”

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