Biggleswade FC boss Dave Northfield dreaming of FA Vase miracle ahead of Tring clash
PUBLISHED: 18:38 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 18:38 07 December 2018
Biggleswade FC boss Dave Northfield is still ‘dreaming of a miracle’ in the FA Vase - even ahead of their third-round replay against Tring Athletic.
FC were held 1-1 by Tring on Saturday to set up the replay, as Mark Riddick’s first-half header was cancelled out by a Lee Northfield strike.
Tom Cookman’s 58th minute dismissal for a second yellow made ten-man FC’s job harder, but they matched the hosts for an hour, and extra-time failed to separate the Spartan South Midlands Premier’s top two sides.
Langford Road will host the battle for a place in the last 32 on Saturday - replacing the original league game between the two sides - with a home clash against Swaffham Town or Stowmarket Town waiting for the winner.
Speaking to CometSport, Biggleswade-born FC boss Dave Northfield said: “It’s massive for both clubs.
“The revenue, the prestige and (the fact) you’re always dreaming of a miracle. We’re no different, we want a miracle.
“I’m excited. If we get through we equal last season’s run, meaning we don’t have to play the opening few rounds next year, which is a great advantage.
“If we get through we’ve got another home tie. If we get through that, bloody hell… I might be shaking a bit more than I am normally.”
Saturday’s draw was a hard-fought battle, and Northfield was delighted by his side’s determination to not only match, but force chances against the Hertfordshire side.
The FC boss said: “The red card affected us but in extra time, when you’d think we’d be tiring, we got stronger. We weren’t hanging on.
“I thought we had more possession, we had more clear-cut chances and, other than one great save, it was fairly routine for our keeper.
“Their keeper had to make five great saves, so I’m pleased. Our pitch suits us more, it’s nice and flat so we’ll be able to play our style.
“They’ve got one or two very dangerous players though, they’re good enough to beat us.”
Cookman - one of FC’s standout attackers this season - will be suspended for the tie, and Northfield added the number nine would be ‘a massive loss.’
“We can’t replace him because we don’t have anyone like him, so we’ll have to go about things differently.”