WORCESTER City boss Ashley Vincent is relishing the prospect of a bumper crowd as his side prepare for their biggest game of the season in the FA Vase on Sunday (3PM).

The Victoria Ground in Bromsgrove will play host to the much-anticipated fixture, as City host Coventry United in the fourth round of the competition, with both sides looking to keep the dream of a Wembley final alive.

Vincent is hopeful his players will use the expected large crowd as motivation.

“Home, away, top, bottom, five people, 500 people, 5,000 people, it makes no odds” he said.

“There is the human side of it but I know I have quality and players that have played in front of decent crowds here all season and performed. I don’t think that will faze us.

“You want to play in front of the biggest crowds to show your quality, that’s certainly what I want my team to do but it won’t make a difference to my task at all.”

The clash will be City’s sixth game in this year’s FA Vase, having played two qualifiers before their three rounds of games in the cup proper.

The qualifiers were managed comfortably, as City breezed past Wellington and Highgate United without conceding a goal.

The opening two rounds were then dealt with in equal fashion, before a Luke English stunner in extra-time in the last round saw off Shepshed Dynamo to reach the last 32.

With Wembley being potentially three games away, Vincent believes this weekend provides a huge opportunity for the club to progress.

In his preparations, he insists that he will leave “no stone unturned” – but that’s nothing new to him.

“What I want is to perform consistently” he said.

“There is no denying this is an opportunity for me, the team and the club to progress in a fantastic competition and of course we absolutely want to do that.

“I will be doing everything in my power to do that and am leaving no stone unturned, but that’s no different to any other game.”

The boss said excitement levels were increasing by the day but he would like his players to channel their energy in the right way.

“There is that extra bit of excitement and I am thoroughly looking forward to it, as are my players.” he added.

“It is a big game but that is what football is to me all the time and that’s what I try to get over to the boys.

“Every single game should be a big game. You can never guarantee what your quality is going to be like on the day but if your focus and work ethic is right you can give yourself the best chance.

“We are well up for the task and looking forward to Sunday.”


Worcester are hopeful of welcoming back a number of names from injury and suspension for the big game on Sunday. Defender Joe Hawkins will have a late fitness test on the day, whilst midfielder Kurtis Mewies and striker Marco Adaggio return from bans.

Luke Rowe remains out of contention, as he serves out the second of a three-match ban.