LANCING Football Club joint boss Martin Gander is hoping his side can extend their historic FA Vase run further on Saturday when they travel to Holbrook Sports on Saturday.
Lancers have reached the fourth round – the furthest they have ever got – and Gander is hoping his side can continue their Vase run against the Derbyshire side: “It would be great to get through another round and keep the fun going. We’re all really looking forward to it.
“At the moment, it’s no different to any other game but it will probably start to affect me when we get on the coach to go up.
“Holbrook have lost their last couple of games but were due to play on Wednesday (last night) in a cup quarter-final.
“I was thinking about going up to watch them but I doubt they’ll put out a full-strength side, so don’t think I’d get anything out of going up.”
Lancers had an injury-scare over keeper Matt Evans for the tie when he went off with concussion during his side’s win over Seaford on Saturday and Gander said: “It’s a big concern because he’s been playing so well but we’ll give it as long as we can.
“We’ve got Jason Downer in the reserves, who’s been playing well, and Ross Standen is signed on, so we’ll be okay.
“Tom Pickford’s wife is also expecting a baby, so we’re waiting to see if he’ll be available on Saturday and Shaheen Sadough is suspended after picking up five bookings, which is a blow and it’s unfortunate for him that he misses this game.
“Ben Lucas is also cup-tied but we are in good shape for the game. We’ll take a squad of 20 players but a few of the reserves are coming up to watch, so they’ll be told to bring their kits as well, just in case.”
When asked about his side’s key players for the tie, Gander said: “There’s no key players, we’re a team. No one player can win a game on their own.
“The form of Richard Hudson has been great and it was good to get Dave Sharman through a half on Saturday but we’ve got a big squad and it will be used.”
Jamie Groves, dual-signed with Worthing, will be with Lancers on Saturday, who leave for Holbrook at 8am from Culver Road.
Lancers are taking a double-decker coach to the game and Gander said: “It’s great to have so much support and it gave everyone a big buzz when we were all applauded off after winning at Erith & Belvedere in a previous round.
“What has also made this run special is that everyone we speak to in Sussex has wished us good luck.
“It’s nice to hear and we’ll be going there to give it our best, whether we win, lose, or bring them back down here for a replay.”
On the plans for the day, Gander said: “We’ll meet at 7.30am and leave the club at 8am to try to arrive for a little bit of lunch at midday.
“We’ll get to the ground at 1.30pm and prepare like it’s any other game on a Saturday. I won’t name the team until 1.45pm like I do every game, so there’s no dejected players on the coach trip up but there will be five unhappy players who are on the bench, anyway.
“It won’t be any different to any other game but it would be lovely if we get through.”
Lancers have so far made £5,200 from their Vase run and the winners of Saturday’s tie will pick up another £1,500.
If the game is drawn, the replay will take place at Culver Road on January 29.
Rye United are the only other Sussex side left in the competition. They travel to Staveley MW on Saturday.
We’ll have live score updates from Lancers’ game on Saturday at www.worthingherald.co.uk