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Stanway Rovers boss Lakin doesn't pull any punches
9:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Sport
STANWAY ROVERS boss Barry Lakin hopes his stuttering side finally kick-start their season in today’s FA Vase tie at Haverhill Rovers.
The Thurlow Nunn League premier division team are licking their wounds after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at neighbours FC Clacton. Lakin pulled no punches in his assessment of that match – and hopes his side can quickly start firing on all cylinders.
“Tuesday’s match was definitely one of the worst I’ve seen in my life,” said the Rovers boss. “They were two very poor teams and we were awful.
“We didn’t pass the ball well and the whole night left a bitter taste.
“It was embarrassing for this level of football.
“Today might kick-start our season but we keep talking about our season starting now. We’re four games in and haven’t won yet.”
Lakin confirmed that former skipper Matt Cripps is returning to the club after a short spell at Ryman One North side Needham Market.
“He’s going to sign for us again and we’ll be able to develop him properly,” said the Rovers boss.
“He’s a very good player. He can play higher but needs to be developed properly rather than being played out of position, as he was at Needham.”
WIVENHOE TOWN are also in Vase first qualifying round action, at home to Ipswich Wanderers.
It will be the sides’ third cup meeting so far this season, having previously tussled in the FA Cup.
FC CLACTON will be hoping to transfer their excellent FA Cup form to the Vase when they travel to Bowers & Pitsea.
Seasiders boss Ray Turner will have to shuffle his pack from the side that beat Stanway.
Midfield pair Lee Clowsley and Louie Newland are both unavailable, while goalkeeper Joe Fowler is suspended, after being sent off in the recent defeat at Mildenhall.
Clacton will also assess the fitness of both skipper Tom Austin and full-back Billy Wales, who picked up knocks on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in the Vase, BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT host the side they beat on the opening day of the season – Felixstowe & Walton – while HALSTEAD TOWN go to Debenham LC.
In the Thurlow Nunn League premier division, BRANTHAM ATHLETIC make the trip to Mildenhall Town. In division one, BRAINTREE TOWN RESERVES visit Long Melford.
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