Everdell: St Ives must aim for Vase quarter-finals
FA Vase Fourth Round --- Tiptree Utd 0-7 St Ives Town --- ST IVES Town co-manager Warren Everdell has called on his team to raise their game and go one better than last year by reaching the Sixth Round of the FA Vase. Ives reached the Fifth Round for th
FA Vase Fourth Round ---
Tiptree Utd 0-7 St Ives Town ---
ST IVES Town co-manager Warren Everdell has called on his team to raise their game and go one better than last year by reaching the Sixth Round of the FA Vase.
Ives reached the Fifth Round for the third year in a row on Saturday with an emphatic 7-0 demolition at Tiptree United, and will face the winner of Stotfold v Shildon on February 6.
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This year Everdell believes his players are primed to make the most of the enforced winter break caused by the weather, and take another step closer to Wembley.
"We've told the players that we want to go one better than the last two years, and we're focusing firmly on getting through to the next round," he said.
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"We want to concentrate on the next game, but then after that, who knows? If you get to the last eight, it's hard not to think about making it all the way to Wembley."
Everdell added: "We've got the biggest and best squad we've had for years, and the players are all fresh from the rest they had over Christmas.
"It's been almost like a pre-season, so we've been able to sort out injuries and the lads are all ready to go."
Everdell said that Ives will be ready for whichever team they face.
"We don't mind who we get. We'll be sending someone to watch the game to see what we can learn.
"Stotfold beat us in December when we had an off day, so we know what to expect from them, but they may find it tough against Shildon.
"Our lads are full of enthusiasm for the Vase, and we know that they will be up for it in front of a big crowd at Westwood Road."
St Ives re-discovered their scoring touch in front of goal on Saturday, and made the most of their chances against a Tiptree side low in confidence.
Declan Rogers got Ives off to the perfect start, netting after five minutes, and Ozie Foster's goal on 21 minutes gave Saints a 2-0 lead at the break.
Matt Bannister added a goal on the break shortly after half-time, and Carl Foreman grabbed the fourth on the hour.
Tiptree were hit by injuries in the last half-hour, and tired badly, allowing Ives to boost their total with three late goals. Jamie Blackwell and Ricky Dear brought the tally to six, and Foreman got his second deep in injury time.