STOURPORT Swifts manager Quentin Townsend admits there is "a lot on the line" this weekend when his side face AFC Wulfrunians in the second round of the Isuzu FA Vase.

Swifts face Midland Football League Premier rivals Wulfrunians on Saturday looking to progress into the third round of a competition that has served them well in the past.

"The competitions is a welcomed distraction from the league and with the tricky winter period coming up, to have this cup game probably comes at the right time," said Townsend.

"We have had success in this competition as a group before and sometimes going deep in the competition can also help you out a little bit with the league form if you can get into a good run so there is that aspect as well.

"But as a manager of the football club, you do have to think about the financial gains of a cup run in this competition."

"There's a chance for small clubs to make a bit of money that can make a big difference to a small club like ours so there is a little bit of pressure there."

But the Swifts know what it takes to succeed in this competition, having reached the quarter-finals back in 2020.

Townsend admits that picking out a suit and dreaming of leading his side out at Wembley was all he thought about in the build-up to that last-eight tie, and even now, it remains something he thinks about whenever this competition rolls around.

"Two years ago when we were in the quarters, it was all I thought about; putting on a suit and leading my football club out at Wembley," he added.

"It's dreamy stuff and it would be amazing to get the chance to do it so of course it is something you think about."