Great Yarmouth facing another big FA Vase test

Great Yarmouth Town manager Ricci Butler. Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Town manager Ricci Butler. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Great Yarmouth Town will help carry the East Anglian flag when they resume FA Vase duties this weekend.

The Bloaters need to pull off another giant-killing feat when they travel into Essex to face Hullbridge Sports in the third round.

Their hosts play their football at Step Five of the non-league ladder – Great Yarmouth are Step Six – and will be the fourth team from that level that the Bloaters will have faced in the competition this year.

Yarmouth’s progress this season has seen them knock out Boston Town, Waltham Forest and then Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions Hadleigh United.

And boss Ricci Butler is hoping his men can lift themselves again tomorrow.

“Although Hullbridge are a Step Five club we have already shown this season that we can match and beat teams that are higher than us,” he said.

“We will be an unknown quantity to them – as they are to us – but once again we go in as underdogs and have nothing to lose.

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“We know our capabilities and I would love to win this game for everybody at the club in general and the town as a whole.

“It would be a massive achievement for us to progress into the last 32 of this great competition and I can assure everyone that is our intention.”

If a replay is required it will take place at The Wellesley on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Great Yarmouth go into the game on the back of a midweek success, having reached the semi-finals of The Thurlow Nunn First Division Knockout Cup for the third time in three seasons when they knocked out holders Debenham LC.

The Bloaters took the lead in the second half through Mitch Forbes, but allowed the home side to score twice with their next two attacks.

Leighton Crux, scoring again for the sixth consecutive match, levelled the score almost immediately.

Extra time was looming, but Forbes scored his second of the night in stoppage time to send the Bloaters through.

Gorleston are on their travels this weekend, with a Premier Division fixture at Godmanchester Rovers.

The Greens were without a game last weekend after Emerald Park failed a pitch inspection ahead of their scheduled game against Felixstowe & Walton United.

The pitch had failed to survive the damage caused just days earlier when Caister United entertained King’s Lynn Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup, leaving boss Richard Daniels far from impressed.

“It chucked it down all day from eight in the morning until six in the evening (on Wednesday),” said Daniels.

“Our groundsman and club staff advised the referee to call the game off as the pitch was bad enough.”