A fully-fit Horsham YMCA are relishing having the local scoop on their opponents in the FA Vase on Saturday - but know they must be up to speed.
Peter Buckland’s side face an appealing away tie at league rivals Lancing in the second round of the prestigious competition.
The are seven wins away from a Wembley final and bidding to make the third round and pocket £750.
The short trip works in YM’s favour rather than facing one of the normally stronger northern teams, but Buckland’s side have already lost this season on the 3G surface.
The YMCA boss revealed his team selection will reflect the ‘young man’s game’ required on the fast surface.
He said: “We cannot grumble having dispatched of Pagham and Horndean in the FA Vase already so it isn’t a bad draw from that point of view.
“We have already lost there once this season as we did not get to grips with the pitch. It is definitely a young man’s game on that surface as it is very fast.
“I will bear that in mind with my team selection and the worst case scenario is bringing them back to our place.
“I think a lot of people look for excuses when they go to Lancing, but I think 3G is the way forward in football you have to get on with it.”
YM’s injury woes have subsided and they were blessed with selection problems in Tuesday night’s 4-0 Sussex Senior Cup win at home to Eastbourne United.
Buckland added: “I am literally fully stacked and had 20 available on Tuesday and had to stand a few down.
“It’s well documented the northern teams progress into the latter stages in the Vase and even the semi-final and finals as they call on players.
“I have close ties with Dorking Wanderers after founding the club and players can play in both the Vase and the FA Trophy, what’s stopping me playing their entire first team to progress?
“I just think that’s morally wrong, but a lot of northern teams do that as they play for money from the Vase.”
Kick-off at Culver Road on Saturday is 3pm.
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