Danny Robinson has told his Thatcham Town side to savour “a once in a lifetime” opportunity” to play at Wembley.
By Ken Gaunt
The Hellenic League title hopefuls face 1874 Northwich at Witton Albion’s ground holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of their FA Vase semi-final tie. Ross Cook converted an early penalty before limping off with a hamstring strain and remains doubtful for the return match.
Thatcham are hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to 28 games in all competitions and Robinson is quietly confident they will rise to the challenge.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these players to play at Wembley,“ said the Kingfishers manager.
“They may never get that chance again. I want them to go out and enjoy the occasion without any fear.
“We have the advantage and I am convinced my team will create chances. We will not be sitting back; that is not my style.
“For me this is what football is all about. You want to test yourself in big games and they do not come much bigger than this.”
Thatcham will lean heavily on RAF mechanical engineer Lewis Brownhill to guide them through a testing experience. And the 30-year-old who plays for the RAF representative side and Combined Services will have the support of his family, including brothers, Bristol City midfielder Josh, and Joel who plays for Ashton Athletic.
Joel, who is out injured at the moment, knows all about Thatcham’s opposition having lost to them in the Vase. In the North West Counties League they are even with one win each.
He said: “I think this is the first time in years Josh and I have been able to watch Lewis play. It has been difficult with us all involved in football.
“I am expecting a good game and looking forward to seeing Thatcham as Lewis has told me so much about them. It will be a stiff test as Northwich have a number of experienced players, who have played at a higher level.
“One thing I do know at this level that even if a team is winning 3-0 early on they can still get caught. But hopefully Thatcham and the family can celebrate.”