Malvern joint manager, Lee Hooper, is relishing the opportunity that stands before him to take his hometown club into the fourth round of the Buildbase FA Vase and in doing so equal our record run in the competition.
“It’s going to be a great occasion for everyone involved with the club,” he said. “Hopefully we can get another big crowd here because that support will really lift the lads, as it did in the previous round. It will be a tough test for us, there is no doubt about that. Our opponents are doing well under new management and, like us, they are scoring goals."
“We’ve had them watched, so we know a bit about them but it’s about what we do and we’ll be concentrating on making sure that we look after ourselves because we’re confident in the ability that we have here. We know that if we play to the standards we are capable of, we’ll give anyone a game in this competition. We’ll go out there with the right attitude and a determination to get the job done."
“Our opponents will bring a large and vocal following with them so our fans have a key role to play and we need them with us right from the very first whistle. By working together and giving everything we’ve got, anything is possible. It’s going to be a big day for the club and all support will be appreciated as we push to make history by equalling the furthest that the club has ever reached in this competition.”
On the pitch the skill and trickery of Harry Clark has lit up The Hillsiders this season with the talented wide-man making a big contribution to our attacking play which has yielded almost 80 goals from our 20 games in all competitions so far this term.
“It’s a game that I’m really looking forward to,” he said of his forthcoming game tomorrow. “This is a great competition to be involved in and to have a run in it is fantastic for us all.
“I remember going to watch Hereford in the Final of the FA Vase at Wembley a few years ago, what an occasion that was and now I want to create more memories but this time as a player with Malvern Town.
“We know that Atherstone will come here and be up for a battle; any team that reaches this stage of the competition is going to be strong so we are going to have to work hard if we are to progress.
“The game against Loughborough University in the last round was unbelievable. To see 400 fans inside the ground despite the bad weather gave us all a big boost and the support that we received throughout the game inspired us to get the win. What was probably even more impressive was the fact that we had another 230 fans turn up for our next League game, which shows what a great fan base we have at this level."
“The new playing surface and facilities are amazing and it’s only going to help the club progress both on and off-the-pitch. It’s exciting to see what the future holds in store.”
Clark has been pleased with his form so far this season.“I feel that I have started the season well,” he added. “I’ve been happy with the contribution that I have made; luckily I’ve been able to score quite a few goals and also assist the goal machine that is Milky [Matt Turner]! It’s good to know that we’re going to have a consistent run of games now and not worry about the weather interrupting our momentum. We want to be able to get ourselves on a positive run and really push on from here. I’m sure we’ll have another big turn-out tomorrow to make it a special occasion in which we can thrive and hopefully make it through to the next round.”
We have a fantastic day planned, including:
✅Hot/cold food and drink at great prices
✅Live football on our TV screens
✅Memorabilia on sale
✅The cut-and-thrust of Cup football on our new playing surface
✅Live evening musical entertainment from The River Rea Duo
All welcome! Admission is £6 (adults), £4 (concessions) and FREE for under-16s