FA Vase preview: Stringers want to kick-start season

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Hailsham boss Ian Stevens is hoping success in the FA Vase can help kick-start their season.

They host twice quarter-finalists in the last three seasons, Ascot United at the Beaconsfield.

It’s good for the club and we are hoping for a good crowd of around 200 people expected

Ian Stevens

The visitors lie fourth in the Hellenic Premier League while Hailsham are third from bottom of the Sussex County League Premier Division.

Stevens said: “It’s a bit of relief from the league where results haven’t been going our way.

“They are coming to us and we have home advantage. The pitch is not great, which is a good leveller.

“It’s been a tough start due to injuries. Danny Leach is out until Christmas with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

“Ashley Jarvis, who has been out all season with a knee problem and will be on the bench.

“We hope the second half of the season will be better. This is a nice distraction to our league campaign.

“It’s good for the club and we are hoping for a good crowd of around 200 people expected.”

Stevens is trying to move on from an embarrassing 8-1 defeat last Tuesday week against Ryman Premier club Lewes in the Sussex Senior Cup, having been level at 1-1 at half-time.

Stevens revealed: “They ran us ragged in the second half.”

Hailsham have not played since as their last three league matches against Broadbridge Heath, Wick and Lancing were all victims of the weather.

Victory would work wonders for them as prize money for winning this match stands at a most welcome £1,000 in addition to the £1,700 already earned having already won through two rounds to get to this stage.

Stevens’ troops then beat Fisher Athletic 3-0 and Grawesh Borough 1-0 in the first round.

A referee will make a pitch inspection at 9am to check if the match can go ahead.

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