Baffins boss has designs on Bradford scalp

Baffins Milton Rovers are determined to keep their Wembley dreams alive as they travel to Bradford Town in the third round of the FA Vase(3pm).

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 10:12 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 3:29 am
Baffins' manager Steve Leigh. Baffins Milton Rovers v Cowes Sports, PMC Ground Picture: Chris Moorhouse Saturday 18th August 2018 FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Western League premier division hosts won 4-0 at Brockenhurst in the last round, so Steve Leigh knows his side face a tough challenge.

But the Baffins manager is confident his team will be competitive and insists they have every chance of getting a result.

'Although we have lost two of our past three games, the performances have been good,' said Leigh.

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'Our work-rate has been terrific and we must look to maintain that.

'If we can do that then we will give ourselves every chance.

'˜The players are giving everything at the moment and I can't ask for any more than that.

'It is a national competition and we want to go as far in it as we can.

'There are some good teams in the competition and no easy games from here on in.

'This is another opportunity to put little old Baffins on the non-league football map.

'We are an up-and-coming club that is growing all the time.

'Our focus at the moment, though, is on getting past Bradford Town.'

Leigh has the luxury of a full-strength squad to choose from.

Meanwhile, in the Wessex League premier division, Horndean welcome free-scoring Bournemouth to Five Heads Park.

Michael Birmingham expects to include midfielder George Davis, after signing him from Fareham Town.

Goalkeeper Ross Casey is back from holiday.

'Bournemouth are one of the most difficult sides to play against,' said Birmingham.

'They work hard, get in your faces and are capable of playing good football as well.'

Improving Fareham have second-placed Portland United visiting Cams Alders.

AFC Portchester travel to face AFC Bashley in the New Forest.