Are the glory days back at United?

Ben Dartnell takes on the Morpeth defence
Ben Dartnell takes on the Morpeth defence
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Eastbourne United chairman Les Aisbett was bursting with pride after his side blitzed their way to the quarter final of the FA Vase last weekend.

A 6-1 victory against Morpeth Town at the Oval last Saturday sets up a home quarter-final clash against Spartan South Mids League Premier division highflyers Ampthill Town on Saturday March 8.

Speaking on Monday, Aisbett was delighted his club are just two ties away from Wembley but he was also quick to thank the committee members and volunteers who helped put on a spectacular show at the Oval last weekend.

“It was a real club effort,” Aisbett said. “Everyone involved worked so hard to make the day come together and the result was the perfect outcome for us.

“It was a big occasion for us and I have to say everyone delivered on and off the pitch.”

The game itself had more than its fair share of incidents.

The visiting Morpeth side had a man sent-off in the opening minute and finished the game with eight men having picked up a total of seven yellow cards and three sent-off.

Aisbett added, “Perhaps the occasion got to them. But full credit to our lads, we kept our heads and took the goals when the chances came our way.

“To be that close to Wembley is something special. Let’s hope we can pick-up another good result in the next round.”

Of his manager Simon Rowland who was appointed at the beginning of the season, he added, “He was the first person we interviewed for the job and I think he blew us all away. He said he would get us out of the county leagues and into the Ryman. He is heading in the right direct and the Vase run has been a real bonus. I can’t speak highly enough of him.”