ALVECHURCH manager Ian Long believes Bromsgrove Sporting can succeed where his side failed – by denting Cleethorpes Town’s FA Vase charge.
Last season, the Churchmen fell to defeat on Humberside as Cleethorpes won a last 32-tie.
Tomorrow (Saturday), Cleethorpes head to Worcestershire for the Vase semi-final first leg at Sporting and while Long feels the Northern Counties East League table-toppers will be favourites, he believes the Rouslers have the confidence and ability to upset the odds.
Long said: “I think Bromsgrove have definitely got a chance, especially with the run they’ve been on.
“After playing Cleethorpes last season, we felt it was a game we should have won.
“But they are very strong side, very competitive, and only need to look at their league position to see they have had a great season.
“I think they will have the edge over the two legs but if Sporting give themselves something to hold onto in the return then who knows.
“It’s great for the Midland League though to have two teams in the semi-finals [Bromsgrove and Coleshill Town], and having had four in the quarter-finals, it shows the strength we’ve got.”
Back in January 2016, Alvechurch took a first-half lead at Cleethorpes through Josh March, but the match turned with two goals in as many minutes for Jonathan Oglesby and Daniel Trott to send the hosts through.