LANCING Football Club joint manager Martin Gander is looking forward to his side returning to FA Vase action on Saturday.
Lancers host Guildford City in the second round at Culver Road (3pm), after receiving a bye through to this stage for reaching the fourth round of last season’s competition.
Lancers played seven ties in the competition last year, after starting in the first qualifying round, and Gander said: “We can’t wait for it.
“It’s great to come in at this stage and if we can win on Saturday, we’re up and running again.
“It’s a big ask as Guildford are doing well in their league but we’ve got to be happy with the way we’ve started as well.
“Last year we were always playing teams a higher level than us, but this year we’re at the same level as all of them.
“We’re in third place in the County League and Guildford are third in the Combined Counties League, so it should be a really good, hard-fought, entertaining cup game.
“We’ve got a few players running into form now – Shaheen Sadough is scoring for fun, Darren Boswell has hit form, Danny Gainsford’s signing has been a big plus for us and Dan McLoughlin and Graham Martin are playing well in the middle.
“We’ve also got Adam Hunt and players who have played at a higher level, while Tony Di Bernardo is keeping out a great keeper in Matt Evans.”
Defender Lee Denyer is suspended for the game and Sam O’Regan, one of three Lancing players named in the Sussex FA squad for last night’s game with The Army, along with Boswell and Hunt, is a doubt with a facial injury.
If the game is drawn, the replay will take place at Guildford on Wednesday.