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Can Sporting Do It? Smith Needs Team To Be Pitch Perfect

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Can Bromsgrove Sporting make history and get into the FA Vase final? Well manager Paul Smith knows they are capable, but their performance will have to be ‘perfect’ – in his words – if they are to get to Wembley.

The Victoria Ground will come alive again tomorrow as the teams walk out, around 3,500 expected to watch the Semi Final first leg with Cleethorpes Town.

Smith knows they need to take something back to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division club for next week’s second game.

Playing a step lower in the system, making sure they aren’t defeated tomorrow is a big demand but there is an acceptance level that Bromsgrove are not the favourites to progress.

Smith’s team have beaten the odds plenty of time so far and he said: “We’re certainly not the favourites, but have we been in the three previous rounds? Probably not.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t go through but we know the demands will be high. The task is enormous but we’re excited, and why shouldn’t we be?”

The Midland League Division One leaders are the lowest ranked side left and if they are to secure a dream double them focus will be key this weekend.

“We have experienced players and younger players, but they all need to handle the situation,” Smith added.

“I said before that it needs to be a perfect performance and it will have to be. We can’t have anything less.

“It’s not every day your club plays in a game of this side so we’ve got to relish it and make sure we don’t look back with any regrets.”

Keeper Chris Jay remains out through injury and they won’t be able to call upon Jon Brown, on loan from Kidderminster Harriers, is ineligible.


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