After a goalless score draw in their first league game on Tuesday night, Wroxham now turn to the Emirates FA Cup. Entering the famous competition at the Extra Preliminary Round, the Yachtsmen face a trip to Essex League Side Southend Manor. Joint Manager, Tom Parke is excited by the draw but describes the game as “One of the toughest draws in my opinion but very exciting for my young squad”.
The Essex League side started their season with a 1-0 away win at Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday night. A goal from defender Lee Delf was enough to secure the points against a side who were reduced to 10 men. Parke described the Manor side as “well organized and committed” and anticipated that the game would be “a blood and thunder cup tie with both sides committed to giving 100%. I expect to have to earn the right to get the ball on the floor and play. I know my players will have to win their personal duels all over the pitch across the full duration of the game”.
When asked for his thoughts on the most famous of football cup competions, Parke was proud to give his thoughts: “The FA Cup is the most prestigious domestic competition in the world and it is an honour to manage in it for the first time at 31 years of age. The FA Cup can change club and players’ fortunes and provide unforgettable memories of giant killings, goals and players.”
Reflecting on his first game in charge of the Yachtsmen on Tuesday night, the joint manager was naturally delighted to get his first point on board and importantly end with a clean sheet:
“I think we made a great start in our first home fixture. Despite not getting the three points, we looked defensively solid throughout the fixture. (We) created some good chances in the first half against a very experienced side that have retained most of their players from the league above. Eight of our squad are still Under 21 which bodes well for the future of the club. We missed players in Adam Plumstead, Lewis Wallace, Payton Swatman and Craig Bussens through various reasons which highlights our strength and depth on the night. I am very encouraged by our resilience and we are looking forward to building on our offensive style which takes time. We take into consideration that we have been together for just four weeks and have had no access to goals in pre-season training”.
When asked about the players at his and his fellow manager, Ross Potter’s disposal, Parke responded: “The squad has an excellent balance with a phenomenal spirit. I am delighted with our fitness levels and professionalism. We are a little inexperienced in forward areas but it is up to the young lads to seize their opportunity and become club legends”. “With regard to the season ahead we need to be hard to beat, strive to perfect our style of play and performance whilst concentrating on a game by game mentality to acquire as many points as possible”.
The team news for Saturday is that Adam Plumstead and Lewis Wallace are definitely missing whilst Payton Swatman and Craig Bussens will require late fitness tests before their participation will be known.
Kick off is 3pm and Chairman Lee Robson would be delighted to see some Yachtsmen support in attendance. The details of the ground is: Southchurch Park, Northumberland Crescent, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2XB