Lancers all set for the Vase

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A TRIP to Midland Alliance League Coalville Town awaits Lancing Football Club in the last 16 of the FA Vase if they can get past Holbrook Sports.

The fourth-round tie at Derbyshire-based Holbrook, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed on Friday evening owing to a frozen pitch and the sides will try again this Saturday.

That meant Lancers were in the hat for the fifth-round draw, which took place on Monday, and joint boss Martin Gander said: “The game being postponed keeps the excitement going a bit longer.

“We know now who we will play in the next round if we manage to pull off a result against Holbrook and I’ve felt even more excited this week about it, than I was last, and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I was looking at a betting site this week and our odds have gone right out.

“We were 33-1 to win it before the weekend and are now 40-1, while Holbrook are 66-1 and Coalville are sixth favourites, so if we get through it would be a tough game. We want to stay in the Vase as long as we can, though, and have just got to go for it.”

Striker Shaheen Sadough is available for the game on Saturday after serving his one-game ban for Lancers’ 7-1 win over Clymping on Tuesday.

Keeper Matt Evans is rated 50-50 after suffering concussion two weeks ago, while defender Mike Hemsley is the only player unavailable on Saturday.

If the game is drawn, the replay will take place at Culver Road on February 5.

Rye, the only other Sussex side left in the competition, reached the last 16 with a 3-0 win at Staveley MW. They travel to Leverstock Green in the next round.

Gander said: “It was a fantastic result for them. This competition is great fun and I hope we can join them in the next round.”