Buckland's road to Wembley starts with Ashes trip
BUCKLAND Athletic boss Antony Lynch believes his side are capable of going on a long run in the FA Vase this season – starting with Saturday's trip to Saltash United (3pm).
Lynch's men have already had a run in this year's FA Cup, getting to the second qualifying round for the first time in their history.
The FA Vase offers an even better opportunity to newly-promoted Bucks according to their manager – provided they can get past old foes Saltash this weekend.
"We want to try and have a good run in [the FA Vase] this year as it's a good competition to be in," said Lynch.
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"I've played in the Vase for a number of years and it usually comes down to how you play on the day.
"If you play well, you're likely to go through no matter if the opposition are from a difference league.
"You get prize money for it as well, which always helps the club, but then Saltash will be thinking the same thing.
"We just come out of the league they are in, so we know them and they know us. We've just got to perform on the day."
Lynch will be praying for some dry weather in south east Cornwall, with Ashes having seen their match against Bovey Tracey called off last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch.
But provided the Kimberley Stadium surface is up to it, the clash will be the 10th cup match so far this season for Buckland. That's twice as many league matches as they have managed so far, including last night's league meeting at Winterbourne United.
Buckland played six cup matches last month alone – with only one league outing.
Last Saturday, goals from Lucas Burgess, Chris Wright and Lynch himself saw Buckland through their first-ever outing in the Les Phillips Cup last Saturday – Gillingham Town the opponents at Homers Heath.