Last weekend Newent Town secured their place in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Vase with a 2-0 win over Tytherington Rocks and now manager Ben Stringer has called on his side to take their Vase form into the league – starting with a local derby against Moreton Rangers this weekend.
A Jordan Cooper penalty added to a Luke Hawkins strike were enough to see Newent advance into the next round, where they will travel to Hellenic Premier side Longlevens next weekend. Looking back at the result we asked Stringer how pleased he is to see his side get the right result last weekend.
“I was really pleased with our afternoon’s work at Tytherington,” Stringer told us. “In fact I was pleased with our commitment and hard work in training leading to the result, the boys have been fantastic. We all agreed after the game that there is still areas we can improve and they have been set to task this week.”
“We are really looking forward to the tie with Longlevens. They have had a good start to the season and are used to playing in these sort of games as well so they will have a lot of experience in their favour.
We are certainly underdogs going into the game but sometimes that can take the pressure off, so I’m hoping my lads get their injury free full of confidence and we can give them a good game,” Stringer added.
In the league Newent are yet to pick up a point and are one of two sides without a point and one of four teams without a win the Hellenic Division One West and it doesn’t get any easier, with a tough run of games ahead of them starting with the arrival of last season’s Division Two West Champions.
Ahead of the game Stringer told us that he expects a tough game and a close scoreline and has called on his players to be clinical in front of goal.
“Before we can look too far ahead though we have Moreton back in the league, that is still our bread and butter and we haven’t registered a point yet which is disappointing.
Moreton are a side we know quite well from our time in Hellenic Division Two West so I’ll be expecting a very tight game with limited chances. I think if either side wins it’ll be the side more clinical in front of goal so let’s hope it’s us.”
Newent Town entertain Moreton Rangers in the Hellenic Division One West on Saturday 7th September; kick off 15:00
Everyone at Severn Sport joins Stringer and everyone at Newent Town in giving their best and wishes to the family of lifelong supporter and fundraiser for the club, Dave Vick, who unfortunately passed away on Tuesday. Stringer has confirmed that there will be a minute’s silence before Saturday’s game and everyone will have their chance to pay their respects.