Smith reacts to Vase draw
Smith reacts to Vase draw

The draw for the last sixteen of the Buildbase FA Vase has been made and handed both remaining SCEFL clubs home ties.

Cray Valley have been drawn at home to Abbey Rangers who have already beaten Lordswood and just this past weekend Bearsted.

Canterbury City meanwhile will welcome Coventry United to Salters Lane the same day.  United who play in the Midland Premier Division were only formed in 2013 following a takeover of Coventry Spartans in reaction to Coventry City moving from the Ricoh Arena to Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium, and at the weekend beat Leicester Nirvana 3-2 in the previous round.

For City’s Ben Smith, who saw his side win 3-1 against Newport Pagnell Town in Round Four, at least a Sunday night tweet didn’t come true.  “Yes I said that I didn’t want Cray Valley after such a historic win for the club.  To get this far we really didn’t want to play a side for our own division – besides, we’ve still got to play the twice this season!  The Vase is a special competition and we want to be playing new teams.”  Smiling Smith continued, “The club has had some dark days and to go on this run in the Vase is very, very, pleasing indeed, and can we now take the journey any further – that’s my thoughts now especially after the draw”, Smith told KSN.  “It was comfortable for the first 70 minutes on Sunday – two nil up and we should have scored more in truth as we know that they’ll throw something at you and of course we let them back into it making it a nervy finish when it probably shouldn’t have been!”

“They don’t appear to be doing as well in their League as they’d like but having said that, we can relate to that!  They’re a decent sized club with clear ambitions to push on.  Their manager apparently has said that they didn’t want a long trip in the next round so I guess he won’t be too happy about having to come here.  Hopefully if we can both (CCFC and Cray Valley) get through, I might not mind so much as that would be a SCEFL representative in the last four of the Vase!”