All the time you’re in it, you’ve got a chance of getting to Wembley, says Glebe boss Adam Woodward

Sunday 20th November 2016

GLEBE manager Adam Woodward says the pressure is off him for his side’s next two cup games.

The Chislehurst based club knocked Walton & Hersham out of The Buildbase FA Vase last Tuesday, winning 3-1 on penalties after the Second Round tie finished all-square at 2-2 after extra time.

“It’s great for the club and to be honest with you, we thoroughly deserved it,” said Woodward, 27.

“The match report they put out was a little bit biased if I’m honest.  There was only one side in the whole game and we missed a few chances and it could’ve been a different story.  We gifted them two easy goals from mistakes.”

Glebe failed to impress during their flattering 3-0 win over tenants Eltham Palace on Friday night and are four points adrift of unbeaten leaders Rusthall, but with three games in hand.

Next Saturday, they travel to Rotherhithe to play struggling Fisher in the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Second Round.

Gary Abbott’s side are rooted to the foot of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division and got walloped 5-0 by Ashford United yesterday.

They have won just one league game (which Woodward witnessed) and have drawn for of their 18 league games.

“I had a little watch of them earlier on in the season against Erith Town and they did punish Erith Town and they were very lively going forward,” Woodward said.

“We’ll go there as underdogs again. We’ll play a team in the league above and we’ll give it our best shot and see how we get on, on the day.”

Glebe will then travel to league rivals Croydon in The Buildbase FA Vase Third Round on Saturday 3 December.

Croydon are currently in 11th place in the Premier, but Woodward claims Glebe remain underdogs, despite his club having a larger playing budget than Fisher and Croydon combined.

“We go into that as underdogs as well.  We’ve done very well in that competition so far and the dream’s still alive.  The boys’ believe that in the changing room the dreams still alive.

“We’re not running before we can walk. All the time you’re in it, you’ve got a chance of getting to Wembley.”

Central defender Scott Whibley was part of the Tunbridge Wells starting 11 that played at Wembley Stadium in The FA Vase on 4 May 2013.  Martin Larkin’s side lost 2-1 to powerhouse Spennymoor Town that day. Josh Stanford, now at Faversham Town, scored their only goal to equalise.

“Scott Whibley lets the boys know how important it is to get there, how good it was to play there. “Listen, the boys’ can all dream,” said Woodward, ahead of the last 64 clash at Croydon Sports Arena.

“We’ll go to Croydon and we’ll see how we get on against them. They’re in the league above so we go there as underdogs.

“Dickson (Gill, the Croydon manager) has been at our last two games so he’s done his homework on us, so make sure he puts a net up behind the goal because we’ll probably miss a load of chances.

“It’s a nice break, we’ve got a two game break from the league, which we will have to catch up on games, but that’s life.”

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Fisher  v  Glebe
Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Second Round
Saturday 26th November 2016
Kick Off 3:00pm
at St Paul’s Stadium, Salter Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5EF