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HSA aiming to upset the odds again in FA Vase

HSA manager Ben Cowling hopes Aaron Forshaw (in red) will be available to play against Dereham Town

HSA manager Ben Cowling hopes Aaron Forshaw (in red) will be available to play against Dereham Town

HSA will be looking to cause another FA Vase upset when Dereham Town arrive at the New Croft on Saturday.

Having already dispatched Norwich United and Ipswich Wanderers in the competition, HSA are gunning for a hat-trick of victories over Thurlow Nunn League sides.

Manager Ben Cowling knows the odds are against them winning the second round match against a side defeated just once in 12 Thurlow Nunn Premier Division games, but knows those odds can be beaten.

He said: “We have got to be realistic. Nine times out of ten they will beat us, but hopefully we can cause that one upset on the day.

“You never know, we did it against Norwich, but the further you go down the line the more people know about you.”

A positive mind set is key to HSA’s chances, as Cowling explained: “I don’t think there’s anything to be gained from sitting behind the ball looking to nick a 1-0 win.

“I know they are going to have a lot of possession but when they do get it I want us to be high up the pitch and having a go at them.”

Skipper Jon Welsh is out with a knee injury, while centre half John Camfield is ‘less than 50/50’ with a groin strain.

Cowling is, however, optimistic midfielder Aaron Forshaw, who scored twice in HSA’s 3-2 first round victory over Ipswich Wanderers, will be available, while Anthony Fernandez is returning from university in Newcastle just for the match

“I hope we do ourselves justice, that’s the main thing,” said Cowling. “We’ve done our homework on them so will be prepared.”

 

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