FAV4R; Coulter & O’Brien preview Leighton Town FA Vase game

Saturday 6th January 2018

Leighton Town (Step 5) v Norwich CBS (Step 6)

FA Vase 4th Round

Bell Close

K.O. 3.00pm

Leighton Town host Norwich CBS on Saturday at Bell Close with the winners going through to the final 16 of the FA Vase. Norwich currently ply their trade in the Eastern Counties First Division, a level below their hosts, however this counts for nothing as CBS have already conquered higher level opposition in all but one of their five games in the competition so far, including Oxhey Jets from Leighton’s division. The two side’s results in this year’s Vase are listed below, and Norwich arrive in Bedfordshire with three wins and a draw in their last four and so will be confident of adding Scott Reynolds side to their list of notable scalps. CBS are sitting eighth in their league at present.

But Leighton themselves are in fine form, sitting in sixth place in the South Midlands Premier Division, with games in hand on most of the teams above them, having lost just three of their seventeen league games this term. Having won their last two league games over Christmas Town will be confident of progressing in the competition, but the results below indicate this will be a very close encounter:

Leighton Town FA Vase run 2017/18:

H v Brimscombe & Thrupp (step 5) 3-1

H v Leverstock Green (step 5) 2-0

A v Burnham Ramblers (step 5) 0-1

H v London Lions (step 6) 1-0

A v Gorleston (step 5) 2-4

Norwich CBS FA Vase run 2017/18:

H v Ipswich Wanderers (step 5) 2-0

A v Wroxham (step 5) 0-3

H v Oxhey Jets (step 5) 1-0

A v Wisbech St Mary (step 6) 1-4

A v Yaxley (step 5) 2-3

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Town’s Alex O’Brien & recent new signing Lea Coulter, and we asked Lea his view of playing sides from different divisions:

For me personally I prefer to play against teams I don’t know in cup competitions, as you may get complacent if you’re playing a team you’ve already beaten from your division or the same league as yourself

Alex just wanted a home draw:

I’m not too fussed either way to be honest, the most important thing was getting a home draw. We’ve been fairly good at home this season, and after the long journey in the last round, it was nice to be drawn at Bell Close this time round

Alex O’Brien

We asked Alex what they know about Norwich?

I’m sure we can expect a tough game, they always are in the FA Vase, especially against this side that have picked up a few wins of late. I think as a group we know that if we perform as well as we know we can then we can be a handful for anyone

And how far can Leighton Town go in Alex’s opinion?

All the way to Wembley? Why not! I feel we have a good mix of youth & experience in our squad now, let’s just take it a round at a time and see how far it takes us

Lea has only been at Leighton a couple of weeks after leaving Southern League Aylesbury United, we enquired how it’s been:

To be honest, the lads here are all really friendly and have welcomed me into the squad, and I already feel like I’ve been here all season

Is there much change for Lea in terms of set up?

With training you only get out what you put in, and it really helps when you have the great training sessions that Leighton put on. The formation is different but the goals are the same, and that’s to win games of football. I can’t elaborate much further as I don’t want to give too much away lol

Lea Coulter

And what are Lea’s targets for the rest of this season?

Well I’ve started my first two games for Leighton and I just want that to continue as I was not getting too much game time at Aylesbury United, and was starting to lack in match sharpness

Going into 2018, we asked Alex how 2017 had been:

I’d give us 7 out of 10 for 2017. We’d like to be higher up in the league table, but with over twenty games to go there is plenty of time to make that happen. We are still in a couple of cup competitions that we want to go as far as possible in also, so it’s looking good

Finally we asked Alex of his favourite memory in the FA Vase:

This is actually my first time ever in this competition, so I’d have to say the 4-2 win at Gorleston in the last round is my favourite so far. Hopefully Saturday against Norwich CBS can top that!

And we asked Lea for his favourite FA competition memory:

That has to be in the Vase when I was at Ampthill Town, we got to the last sixteen and I was part of a great squad I am happy to call friends

Sports Shots would like to thank both Alex & Lea for their time this week.

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