Holbrook face biggest game in their history

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HOLBROOK Sports face the biggest game in the club’s history this Saturday when they aim to reach the last 32 in the country in the FA Vase by beating Sussex club Lancing at their O-Kra ground at Shaw Lane.

Sports, who ply their league trade at step six of the non league pyramid, have never previously been past the first round of the competition so they are in unchartered waters.

Cup football has been a source of success all season for Holbrook with the FA Cup bringing another famous preliminary round victory against Belper Town 3-1. But the FA Vase is where Sports are focusing this weekend.

And Holbrook will go into the tie buoyed by the fact they have scored 11 goals in their last two home ties in the competition, a 4-0 home win over St Helens Town in the third round being preceded by a 7-0 thrashing over East Midlands Counties League rivals Holwell Sports in the second round.

Lying in wait are Lancing FC, also from the same step six level. They compete in the Sussex County League and currently lie unbeaten at the top of division two. A tough test is in prospect as Lancing have scored 14 goals and conceded none in their last three outings.

Holbrook boss Leigh Grant said: “This will be a very exciting day for the club. The committee and back room staff work tirelessly for this club and this is a reward for all their hard work.

“We only have two players unavailable for the game, Micky Allsop is cup-tied and Adam Burton is out for another four or five weeks injured.

“We are looking forward to this historic match. The players are buzzing and I can never criticise their commitment to the club so we will go into the game confident that we can achieve the right result.”