May & Baker boss Wetherall delighted with support of his side during FA Vase cup run
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 November 2018
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May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall is delighted to have received so much support in a historic moment for the club despite crashing out of the FA Vase with a 1-0 defeat to Swaffham Town in the second round.
A 91st minute goal from Luke Reed sealed progress for the Pedlars into the third round of the cup competition after a battling effort from the Bakers at Barking Rugby Club on Sunday afternoon.
“Firstly I want to say thank you to the 165 people that came and watched, men women, boys, girls and dogs,” Wetherall said.
“It’s been a great cup run we never set out thinking we would win four games in the FA Vase so it’s a lovely bit of history for the club.”
The boss also revealed it was a great situation to be in as it would have been great to progress but he also believes they can now concentrate on their Thurlow Nunn Division One South campaign.
“For me it’s a win, win, of course we would have loved to have gone one more game in the game, but it was taking the focus off the league.
“We have won four games and won prize money, which has helped massively, and we’re still sitting fourth in the league with five games in hand.
“We can go three points clear at the top of the league if we win them games whereas had we gone one more game we probably would have let slip of two points in the league.”
Bakers bagged a total of £2,400 in prize money during their cup run and will now be keen to use that momentum in the league.
“We’re in a strong position, the lads have learnt a lot from playing the three teams in the top three of their leagues above us.
“The lads now know we can mix it with bigger clubs so whilst I’m gutted for the lads, I’m happy our focus can shift back to the league.”
They now return to league action this weekend when they travel away to Braintree Town Reserves as they look to start taking advantage of their games in hand on the top three.
He is also looking forward to playing at Cressing Road.
“Braintree will be a good game and we’re looking forward to that one,” he said.
“We aren’t great at home because of the pitch, but when we go away and play on better pitches, we play really well.”
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