Nev Nania says Godmanchester Rovers can beat Walsham-le-Willows and go on to win the FA Vase

Godmanchester RoversNev Nania, right, and coach Matty Haniver

Godmanchester RoversNev Nania, right, and coach Matty Haniver - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers can win the FA Vase this season according to joint manager Nev Nania ahead of the club’s first round proper tie at Walsham-le-Willows tomorrow.

Godmanchester, Huntingdon Town and Eynesbury Rovers are all in first round action with Huntingdon at home to Thetford Town and Eynesbury at Diss Town.

But the Rovers man is confident that it is his club that will grace Wembley at the end of the season in the final of the national competition.

“We are probably stronger than we have ever been and I want to win the FA Vase this season – I really believe we are good enough,” he said. “It’s just a question of getting some consistency.”

Walsham are one of just two teams to beat Godmanchester in the Eastern Counties League this season – back on the first day – but the team beat Mildenhall Town 2-0 on Wednesday with goals from Joe Furness and James Hall and both teams are on the same points with Walsham in sixth and Goddy in seventh having played three games less.

“Walsham will also be in a confident mood after they beat Haverhill on Wednesday night so I am expecting a cracker,” said Nania. “Walsham won’t be easy but they have a nice pitch and we haven’t lost away yet this season.”

“With only the Vase and the title to go for this season we are pretty much focussed on this game and we have a strong and deep squad and we are very hard to beat. We have the best defence in the league and we have what is required for success.

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“The Vase is a great competition and I have always enjoyed it. We had great success year on year when I ran St Ives Town as hands-on chairman before I left in 2010 to get back into team management and this group of Goddy players contains three of those lads Jamie Blackwell, Carl Foreman and Rob Mackney.

“Coupled with the depth of talent myself and David Hurst have at our disposal now and an average age of 24 it’s good times for some years as this group improves all the time.”

Godmanchester and Eynesbury entered the competition in the last round and beat March Town United 4-0 and Fakenham Town 3-2 respectively, but Huntingdon finished in the top four of the United Counites League Premier Division last season so were given a bye until this round.

Their game against Thetford Town will be new manager Seb Hayes’s first game in charge of the club.