NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Huntingdon boss looking for the ‘right performance’ to earn FA Vase victory

Huntingdon Town boss Bob Warby.

Huntingdon Town boss Bob Warby. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Town hit the FA Vase trail tomorrow and boss Bob Warby is hopeful of success.

Town enter the famous competition at the second round qualifying stage when they entertain Swaffham at Jubilee Park.

It is a tie which pits together two sides struggling at Step 5 level with Huntingdon sitting third-bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division and the visitors second-bottom in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

Warby said: “The FA Vase excites players, managers and supporters at our level. It is a competition you always hope to have a good run in and the prize money certainly comes in very useful as well.

“I always have a lot of confidence in my boys and every game is winnable in my head.

“This one is certainly no different and while we’re not going to be arrogant, we know we stand a chance of getting through if we approach it with the right focus and produce the right performance.”

Huntingdon claimed a dramatic success last Saturday in the preliminary round of the UCL KO Cup.

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Jamie Waterworth hit a last-gasp winner to seal a 3-2 victory against lower-level Bugbrooke for a Town side who had seen a two-goal advantage wiped out and skipper Michael Chow dismissed.

Ben Colmer fired Huntingdon ahead in the first half and Luke Young doubled the lead with 20 minutes to go, but two Bugbrooke goals in the space of four minutes restored parity before Chow collected his second caution.

But Waterworth, who has recently returned to Town, ensured the 10-men snatched victory much to the relief of their manager.

Warby added: “We could easily have thrown in the towel after surrendering a two-goal lead.

“That was compounded by my mistake of not substituting my captain after he was booked even though I had a replacement stripped and ready to go on.

“We had to dig really deep with 10 men and we produced that little something special. It was a great run and calm finish from Jamie, and it certainly left one relieved gaffer in the dug out.”