United boss eyes a cash boost from FA Vase win

Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor

Eastbourne United will kick off their FA Vase campaign at home to Combined Counties Premier outfit Horley Town this weekend.

United tasted much success in the competition last season, reaching the semi-finals before defeat to Sholing denied of them of a trip to Wembley Stadium.

However, boss Simon Rowland is warning fans not to expect the same again this season. He said, “We didn’t plan to get that far last season and we won’t plan for it this year. People who know the FA Vase know that anything can happen. Last year, we were not in a position to compete but we turned up on the day and we played the opposition really well. There’s nothing to say Horley won’t do that this year.

“To be honest, we’re just looking at the £1,200 we’ll get if we win on Saturday. The money we got from last year’s run made a massive difference to the club - it all helps.

“We’re on a really, really good run of form at the moment - four wins on the trot and we’ve kept clean sheets in the last three, which is really important for us because we were leaking goals against average sides. A win on Saturday would keep that momentum going and we’d be unbeaten in six going back to the league next weekend.”

New signing Bradley Lewis, a left back from East Preston, will be available for selection, while Wade Eason and Mike Gardner are expected to return to the squad. Jason Taylor picked up a slight knock but is hoping to be fit. Macaulay Gray has joined Hailsham Town.