Lee Wilson looking for Canning Town to get even more glory now after drama in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 October 2016

Canning Town's number nine scores against Biggleswade (pic Tim Edwards)

Canning Town's number nine scores against Biggleswade (pic Tim Edwards)


Essex Olympian League Premier Division outfit are in Essex Premier Cup action this weekend

Canning Town manager Lee Wilson (pic Tim Edwards)Canning Town manager Lee Wilson (pic Tim Edwards)

Canning Town manager Lee Wilson has challenged his squad of players to make the 2016/17 campaign even more memorable after a dramatic weekend in the FA Vase.

The Essex Olympian League Premier Division outfit crashed out of the competition after extra-time at the Terence McMillan Stadium.

Biggleswade triumphed 5-4 in an unbelievable first-round tie, which gave the east London club’s boss a whole range of emotions.

“Saturday’s performance has got to be our level now and our aim for the rest of the season,” said Wilson.

“The standard of football we played against Biggleswade was a higher tempo than usual and it has to continue like that.

“If we can manage to replicate that more consistently then hopefully we can win a bit of silverware maybe in the county cup or finish as high in the league as possible.”

Canning Town will host Hannakins Farm in the Essex Premier Cup on Saturday looking to deliver another good performance.

Goals from Dean Pearson, Tommy Phillips, Ky McClements and Julian Edwards put them 4-3 up against Biggleswade in extra-time, before the visitors struck two late goals.

Wilson added: “I do tell the boys all the time how good they can be and maybe after Saturday they will think ‘actually he is right and not talking nonsense’.

“You had loads of people there saying how well we did and I showed them what was written about us and how good a game we produced.

“The players need more belief and this should give it to them. I’m hoping we can do something memorable in the county cup or league now.”

In the build-up to Saturday’s match with Biggleswade, Canning Town received good luck messages from West Ham United on social media as well as other famous figures.

The squad at the Terence McMillan Stadium loved receiving the mention by the Premier League outfit.

“Getting the message from West Ham was a shock and we got so many over the weekend after the game,” said Wilson.

“A lot of people were praising us and saying we should be in the Essex Senior League and it was brilliant.

“The West Ham message was great and one from Frank McAvennie was good too and Steve our social media guy did a fantastic job getting more interest in the match.

“I reckon that definitely contributed to us having a gate just shy of 100 people and Clapton did a message too, which was brilliant.

“But the West Ham one was a big shock and a lot of the boys are Hammers fans so they enjoyed it.

“It was a great day and hopefully if we do well this year we can be in the Vase again in 2017 and try to do even better.”

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