Royal Wootton Bassett Town assistant manager Mathew Bulman insists his players will be taking nothing for granted when they meet New College Swindon in the first qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Vase tonight. Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser
The struggling uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West side have conceded 42 goals in four outings this season, while Bassett have only won once in their opening five fixtures in all competitions.
Bassett’s slow start has left them down near the foot of the Hellenic Premier Division table, and Bulman – who is number two to boss Sam Collier – believes a change of competition can help sparks his side’s season into life.
Discussing their Vase opponents, Bulman said: “College been hit for a fair few goals recently, but we can’t read too much into that. It’s the FA Vase, it’s 11 players against 11 players and we will need to perform. Nothing will be taken for granted on our end and we’ll be getting the lads prepared for a tough game on Friday night. We’ll be going with as strong a team as we can. We’ve got a few little niggles, so we’ll take the opportunity to rest those players as we’ve got a big league on Tuesday against Westfields. We’ll rest a few that we think might need a break, but apart from that, we’ll go there with as strong a team as we can and looking to progress to the next round.”
Bassett would have to win as many as 10 games to lift the trophy that draws together 667 clubs from Steps 5-7 in the English football pyramid. Bulman wants his side to do just that, but knows taking it step by step will be key to potentially walking out at Wembley in nine months’ time.
He said: “We want to win every football match that we play, and the FA Vase will be no different to that. We’re under no illusions as to how tough it will be. There are plenty of big teams with big budgets out there and we are certainly long-shots to win it, but we’ll go in with the mentality to win every time we step out onto the pitch. We want to go as far as we possibly can, but it’s a tough competition to win and we know it will be very difficult, but we are looking to win every game we play and if we do that, we will win the Vase.”