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St Austell hoping to wipe Glossop's FA Vase advantage

Saturday 28 Mar 2015
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AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty is hoping an away second leg can work in his side's favour, as his players look to recover a two-goal deficit and progress to the FA Vase final. 

The Lilywhites fell to a 2-0 defeat against Glossop North End at Poltair Park in the first leg, but Lafferty feels that his players can show their true colours away from home.

Glossop North End (2) v (0) AFC St Austell

FA Vase semi-final second leg
The Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium
3pm Saturday 28 March 2015

"All of our best performances in this season's FA Vase have been away from home," Lafferty said.

"I don't think we've had a full 90 minutes at home in this competition where we performed to our best.

"It's not an excuse, but if we had gone away first I think we could have done a lot more."

St Austell could become the first Cornwall side to play at Wembley since Truro City in 2007, and Lafferty feels anything is possible if his men play to their potential.

He explained: "The whole squad knows that they could've have done better and didn't play as they are capable of. We didn't start playing until the second half.

“The occasion was a bit much for them I think, but we've got the second leg to make it right”

Phil Lafferty AFC St Austell manager

"The occasion was a bit much for them I think, but we've got the second leg to make it right.

"We are going to get a result and we all want to see a good performance from the boys."

In the build up to the second leg on Saturday, the Lilywhites earned a 3-2 victory over Witherage, and the manager believes his side will benefit from the confidence boost.

"We needed to bounce back, we came through without any injuries and it will put us in a better frame of mind for Saturday."

It is a five-hour trip between St Austell and Glossop and the St Austell manager is still expecting a good following.

"We should have 150 fans making the journey. We need to give them a performance."

By FA Staff