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Haverhill Sports Association aiming to upset the FA Vase odds yet again

Ben Bradley, seen here playing in the Border League against Holland FC earlier this season, will be in action for HSA on Saturday in the FA Vase

Ben Bradley, seen here playing in the Border League against Holland FC earlier this season, will be in action for HSA on Saturday in the FA Vase

HSA will again be out to bely their underdogs tag when they face Peacehaven & Telscombe in the FA Vase Third Round on Saturday.

Their opponents have just gone top of (step five) Sussex County League Division One and are on an unbeaten run of 19 matches, the last 12 of which have been won.

But with step seven side HSA having already seen off Thurlow Nunn Premier Division sides Norwich United and Dereham Town, who are genuine title contenders, plus Thurlow Nunn Division One Ipswich Wanderers, victory is entirely possible.

HSA manager Ben Cowling said: “We’ve had a look at them. It’s a bit tricky on just one game but we’ve got little bits and pieces on players and the like.

“I am excited. I don’t know about being confident, but its exciting to have games like this.

“The team is playing well, some of our players are playing out of their skins and if they can raise themselves again then who knows.

“Realistically we should lose, we should get beaten, but we should have lost three times already.”

HSA will field the same 11 that ousted Dereham 2-1 in the second round, with centre half Anthony Fernandez and forward Matt Clarke again returning from Newcastle and Stockport, respectively, for the match.

Influential midfielder Aaron Forshaw has been released from his duties with Haverhill Rovers to further bolster HSA’s chances.

The winners of the tie will collect £1,500 in prize money and earn a place in the last 32.

 

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