Scott Booth has spoken ahead of tomorrow’s huge clash with Cardiff City in the Fifth Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.
Cardiff City play in the FA Women’s National League Division One and come to the Dripping Pan looking to upset the odds. A win for the Rooks would make history in making the Quarter-Final stage of the competition for the first time.
For Scott, he’s hoping the team have learned something from the previous two rounds.
“It’s been good this week, we’ve had pretty good numbers for training. We’ve had to work a lot on things we want to bring to the game Sunday.
“The players have been great and we’ve now got the internationalists back – they’ve all trained now as well so we’re in good shape.
“I think we’ve learned that we have to start well in this competition, start on the front foot, be aggressive in these games, take your chances.
“I suppose that counts for every match you go into but in the cup you only get one go at it really so we’re proud to be where we are but definitely want more.”
It is once again another lower league opposition for Lewes and Scott gives his thoughts on Sunday’s opponents.
“We know quite a lot about Cardiff we’ve watched them and understand how they want to play. They’ve got some really good players and we know it’ll be tough.
“They’ve got quality and we have to do our best to nullify that and make sure we can bring our own quality to the game.”
And on the Rooks chances of going through, Scott hopes for the players they can be a part of history.
“It’ll be amazing to go through because it gives the club a platform that we haven’t had before, and gets the clubs values out there even more.
“For the players, they get a touch of history at Lewes and it would be great to look forward to the next round and see what comes out the hat.
“It’s always important to gain momentum as well, we had a little bit of it at one point, going really well and then we lost a game that we shouldn’t have and that’s dropped it a bit.
“We’re really keen to gain that again, we have had some tough games, they’ve not been easy, they’ve been against teams at the top. They’re always going to be competitive and you need to play at your best and take your chances to win them.
“We look forward to the cup because it’s the first time the club have got the chance to get into the next round and get the winning momentum again.”
A big crowd is expected for the big occasion on Sunday but Scott has put know emphasis on this to the players.
“It hasn’t come up in our discussions in training briefings etc. that we’re at this point in the competition, we haven’t made a deal out of it.
“We’ve just gone about our business as we usually would to get the players ready for it. I’m pretty sure the players won’t play the occasion they’ll play the match.”
Lewes FC vs. Cardiff City tickets
The match on Sunday is at 2:00pm. You can buy Lewes FC tickets for the game online and skip the queue at the gate. Online ticket prices are as follows:
Adults – £12
Concessions – £8
Kids U16 – Free
Beach Huts – £110
Photo: James Boyes