FA Vase, 3R: Match Preview Gorleston v Leighton Town

Saturday 2nd December 2017

FA Vase 3rd Round

Gorleston (Step 5) v Leighton Town (Step 5)

Emerald Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Gorleston FC

Leighton Town travel to Norfolk on Saturday hoping to continue their run in the FA Vase and pocket over one thousand pounds in prize money, but face another team they will know very little about in Gorleston FC. The Greens play in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, the same level as their guests and are in good form ahead of the game having won three and drawing one of their last four matches. However, Leighton will travel with confidence high with just one defeat in their last twelve games in all competitions.

Matt Hall

Lewis McBride

Ahead of the contest Sports Shots caught up with Leighton players Matt Hall and Lewis McBride, and asked Lewis what the squad knew about their hosts:

All we know is they play in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and currently sit somewhere mid table, but at this stage of this competition we know anyone we play now will be a tough test

Matt explained how the squad have been preparing for the game after the thumping win at Stotfold on Tuesday night:

It was a comfortable win on Tuesday; we came in Thursday night for a light session to keep the legs ticking over, nothing too tough though with the long journey to Yarmouth in mind

Lewis has suffered from injury this season but is determined to help Leighton achieve their goals:

It’s been a mixed season for me so far, I missed all of pre-season after I broke my arm, and since being back in the squad I’ve picked up a few niggling injuries along the way. I think I’ve played about twelve games so far and my aim is to remain as injury free from now as I can, keep my head down, play well and help the team stay in and around the top places in the league

Matt is very happy with the way the season has gone so far:

I think we have started this season far better than most expected, I joined under the premise that we were going to battle for promotion back to the Southern League and win a cup or two along the way! To still be in four out of six cup competitions and sit seventh with up to five games in hand on those around us at this stage is a position a lot of clubs would love to be in. Yes of course it could have been even better, and we’ve dropped points against teams we should have beaten but that is football and we leave those games behind us. With the squad we now have, and the morale amongst us there is no reason we cannot achieve what we set out to do

Matt has become a versatile defender for manager Scott Reynolds this term, but he has a favourite position:

Whilst I’m happy to play anywhere and happy to help the team where I can, I am most at home at left back. I love the contest against a tricky winger but also like to try and get forward when I can to try and create something from out wide

Both players discussed the current playing squad at Leighton, with Lewis explaining how some of the players who don’t play every week are still working hard to impress:

I feel we have a great squad here, even the lads who don’t get as much game time as they’d like have shown they want to be here, and have performed exceptionally well when coming off the bench. Our team spirit is spot on and we all get on, which for me personally is massive when playing for a football club

Matt agreed:

Our current squad is very strong, with a great mix of experience and youth. There are no ego’s which is giving us the success we’ve had so far, we have no stand out players individually as every player has played their part in our season

Lewis feels a trophy isn’t beyond reach:

I think winning a trophy would really show how far we’ve progressed as a club, and finishing in the top three would really round off a very successful season and this is possible as long as we remain focused and consistent

Finally, we asked both for memories in the Vase, but Lewis hasn’t played in the competition until this season:

I’ve only competed in the Trophy and the FA Cup before this year, and I had a really good run with Rugby Town where we just missed out on the first-round proper

Matt however has a clear memory:

My favourite memory has to be scoring the winning goal direct from a corner in the eighty-fifth minute against London Lions in the previous round!

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