The whole club are really excited and we are hoping for a big turnout for our FA Vase debut, says Snodland Town's Dave Jeal

Friday 08th September 2017

SNODLAND TOWN assistant manager Dave Jeal says the whole club are feeling excited ahead of their FA Vase debut tomorrow.

The club welcome Horsham YMCA in the First Qualifying Round sitting proudly at the summit of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table for the first time following their 5-3 home win over Sutton Athletic on Wednesday night, watched by a crowd of 96.

“We started the game really well, full of confidence and went one-up on 11 minutes when Tom Cackett picked up the ball from 25-yards and curled one into the top corner for the second time in two games,” said Jeal.

“Unfortunately we made a few defensive errors and Sutton punished us with two goals in five minutes.

“We looked dangerous going forward but so did Sutton, so it made for a very entertaining game.

“The equaliser came right on half-time, Liam Wilkins played a lovely ball into Dave Sherwood, who laid it off to Harry Dawes to hit a left-footed screamer from 20-yards, giving the keeper no chance.

“In the second half it was Sutton who once again took the lead but Sherwood made it 3-3 with a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

“All three of our goals had been screamers and we took the lead when captain Curtis Reilly outjumped everybody to head in from five-yards, but Sherwood made it 5-3 on 90 minutes to complete a great win and a fantastic match.”

Jeal is delighted that the club are at the top of the table in only their second season at this level.

He said: “We have had a good start to the season and the lads are kicking themselves for the points dropped.  It’s a long season but if we carry on working hard we certainly have the talent to do very well this year and the lads are playing some great football.”

Horsham YMCA compete in the league above and go into tomorrow’s game sitting in the bottom six of the Southern Combination Premier Division table, with a 50% record from four league outings.

“We host Horsham YMCA in The FA Vase for the first time in the clubs history.  The whole club are really excited and we are hoping for a big turnout,” said Jeal.

“The game is a result of all the hard work over the last few years both on and off the pitch.

“If we can go on a run in this competition it will go down in history for years to come.

“Horsham are going well this year and have a long history with The FA Cup and FA Vase so it will, I am sure be a great game.”

Snodland Town  v  Horsham YMCA
The Buildbase FA Vase First Qualifying Round
Saturday 9th September 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Potyn’s Sports Field, Snodland Community Centre, Paddlesworth Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5DP