Some tough decisions ahead - Wroxham boss
Paddy Davitt Wroxham boss David Batch admits he faces some selection dilemmas ahead of the Yachtsmen's FA Vase quarter-final at Needham Market. Batch's side head to Bloomfields tonightin a Ridgeons League Cup quarter-final dress rehearsal prior to the clubs' Vase date on February 27.
Wroxham boss David Batch admits he faces some selection dilemmas ahead of the Yachtsmen's FA Vase quarter-final at Needham Market.
Batch's side head to Bloomfields tonightin a Ridgeons League Cup quarter-final dress rehearsal prior to the clubs' Vase date on February 27.
Wroxham then return to Ridgeons Premier Division league action against Mildenhall on Saturday after a six week break due to their cup heroics on two fronts.
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Norfolk's sole survivors in the FA Vase hammered Royston 5-0 at the weekend to clinch a cross-border trip to Needham later this month - but Batch insists the battle to nail down a starting spot for that last eight tie begins now.
“It's not a nice thing to face as a manager because they'll all want to play in these big games,” said Batch. “We left Gav (Lemmon) out at Royston and that was a horrible thing to have to do. Knowing what they were about, knowing what the pitch was likely to be like and knowing their weaknesses I felt it was the right thing to do. It was hard on Gavin but he'll dust himself down, he'll play Tuesday night and he has every chance of being involved in the next round because I haven't picked that team yet.
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“I will pick it after the last game we play before the Needham tie and whoever is playing well, whoever I think can make a difference, whoever can carry out what we need to do tactically will play.”
Experienced midfielder Lemmon made way for youngster Andy Eastaugh at Garden Walk, with influential wide player Steve Spriggs notching a brace in a re-deployed central striking role.
“We knew early doors it would tight and that there wouldn't be much space so because of that we put Spriggsy down the middle for the first half hour or so,” said Batch. “With the atmosphere and the occasion we expected it might be a bit frenetic and there might not be much time on the ball to get it down and play.
“We felt we could get at them in behind and he has done that and produced a great finish for the opener. That set us on our way. In terms of the result then of course it is well up there since I came to the club. The performance itself was okay. We've been defending reasonably well over the last 10 games and we moved the ball around a little bit better which we haven't really done well since before Christmas. I wouldn't say it was our best performance, it was a good performance, but we move on.”
Royston boss Paul Attfield admitted the high profile cup occasion had got to his young side in front of a bumper 650 home gate.
“Wroxham were very good, but we were nowhere near our best,” he said. “There was a big crowd and everything was set up for us but maybe that affected us. We conceded an early goal and never recovered.”