Since we beat Westside in the league they have picked up some good results and I expect this to be a lot tighter than our league encounter, says Snodland Town boss Luke Wallond
SNODLAND TOWN manager Luke Wallond says he is searching for consistency from his side ahead of his first FA Vase tie as a manager.
Wallond takes his side to Wimbledon tomorrow to take on their Southern Counties East Football League First Division rivals Westside in the First Qualifying Round.
Snodland Town go into the game standing in eleventh-place in the table with eight points from as many games, while Westside are in seventh with 12 points from seven games.
The two sides met each other in the league on the opening day of the season with Snodland Town running out 4-1 winners in Westside’s first game in the division.
“I’m expecting a tough game. If we perform to our ability we are capable of beating them but lately, we have struggled for consistency,” said Wallond.
“It will be my first time leading a side into a Vase game, as well as for a lot of my players and we are all looking forward to it.
“Since we beat Westside in the league they have picked up some good results and I expect this to be a lot tighter than our league encounter.
“We haven’t practiced penalties as I am happy for whichever players feel confident on the day to step up and take one.”
Reflecting on their league campaign which has seen Snodland Town win twice and drawn twice, Wallond wants his side to find some more consistency and hit the ground running straight from the first whistle.
“We have not had as good of a start to the season as the management and the players would have liked.
“In the games we have been defeated in, we have struggled to get going from the start, which has meant we are always chasing games and if we can eliminate this then our results will start to improve as our second-half performances have been good enough.
“If we could have carried this out for the full 90 minutes we could have secured a lot more points.
“We have a couple of injuries and a suspension to one of our strikers, which is not ideal when competing in the Vase but we have a good squad and I’m sure they will be giving 100% to try and secure a win.”
Meanwhile, Wallond's former club, Staplehurst Monarchs United make their FA Vase debut tomorrow when they host Mile End based outfit Sporting Bengal United.
Staplehurst have confirmed that a new 50-seater stand and floodlighting are now in place at Jubilee Field.
Westside v Snodland Town
The Buildbase FA Vase First Qualifying Round
Saturday 11 September 2021
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Wibbandune Sports Ground, A3 Southbound, Robin Hood Way, Wimbledon, London SW20 0AA