Smissen would love Vase run to continue
Michael Smissen is enjoying his FA Vase adventure with Ashford United and doesn’t want it to end at Hanwell.
The former Kent League Golden Boot winner hopes to overcome a knee problem and feature in the delayed fourth round tie against the Spartan South Midlands League outfit at Reynolds Field in Greenford on Saturday.
The tie was postponed last weekend because of a waterlogged pitch.
Smissen said: “It’s the furthest I have ever got in the competition and it is exciting but it could be all dead and buried by 5pm on Saturday.
“We can’t get carried away. I know it’s a horrible cliche but we have to just take it one game at a time.
“We have to go there, play the game our way and whatever the result, be proud of ourselves, which we have done in every game this season, apart from Lordswood (a 2-1 home defeat).
“As long as we do everything we can, we’ll be fine.
“We know what we are capable of, with the players in our dressing room, and whoever we face, they know they are going to be in for a battle.
“I know Hanwell are doing particularly well but we are, too.”
He added: “Deal have won the Vase in the past, Herne Bay reached the semi-finals a coupl e of years ago and Tunbridge Wel ls got to the final last season. It would be an amazing experience to get to Wembley.
“We are the last Southern Counties East League team left in the competition and Ashford United is a brilliant club to be at now bearing in mind its history and where it has been in the past.
“You look at the ground, team, management, chairman and the owner and how quickly it has risen again, all the people involved need congratulating.”
Assistant manager John Ovard watched Hanwell win 4-0 at Oxhey Jets earlier this month.
He said: “They look a good side and are flying in their league. We will be the underdogs which means we go there with nothing to lose.
“We will be well supported as we always are, and go there trying to get a result.”
Hanwell are second in their league, winning 20 and drawing one of their 22 games this season. The winners were handed an away tie against SSM leaders Ampthill Town in Monday’s draw for the last-16, due to take place on Saturday February 15. United’s busy programme continues with a SCEL trip to Corinthian next Tuesday (kick
Ashford 2nds (blue) celebrate one of their four goals against Maidstone 2nds.
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Michael Smissen says Ashford will be underdogs at Hanwell