FA Vase Preview - Deane Smalley

08 Dec 2021 in News

FA Vase Preview - Deane Smalley FA Vase Preview - Deane Smalley

We caught up with Deane Smalley ahead of this Saturday's FA Vase tie.

It has been a rollacoaster ride so far for Town in this seasons FA Vase campaign. Four away games, four wins. Two of those wins was achieved from a dreaded penalty shoot out. 

Smalley has found himself in a new position this season, sitting at the heart of the defence. He has still managed two goals in this seasons run though, and he is loving the ride so far.

"Going on a run is always enjoyable for any team, especially when the dangling carrot is a trip to Wembley. Having all the games away from home has helped as well because the atmosphere in the dressing after the game is class. The coach journeys back are always decent too, and it brings the boys closer together having a few beers and a bit of karaoke on the way back. It is important for what we are trying to achieve."

Whilst Town have been impressive this season in both the league and FA Vase, the former pro isn't getting carried away and knows there is a long way to go.

"There’s always belief in this group of lads in every game, regardless of who we play or whether it’s a cup or league game. But we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. We are just concentrating on getting through to the next round on Saturday. We have home advantage and hopefully the locals can be our twelfth man."

The 33 year old has an impressive CV. However whilst at Plymouth Argyle, he missed the 2016 League Two Play Off Final through injury. It is an increased incentive, but an incentive Smalley knows won't come easy.

"Obviously it would be brilliant to play at Wembley at least once before hanging up the boots, especially having missed out on the opportunity through injury in 2016. But Wembley is a long way off and there’s plenty of good teams we’ve still got to get past to get there. We will take it one game at a time. We are just focussed on havaing a good performance and getting past Billingham this weekend."

Whatever happens on Saturday, it is set to be a fantastic day at the club. There will be 50p off all draught beer, bottle beer & other drinks from 2pm-5pm. The full schedule for the day is below:

12pm - Gates open

12:30pm - Man City v Wolves

3pm - Town v Billingham Synthonia

5:30pm - Norwich v Man Utd

Adults - £6, Concessions - £4, U12's - Free. 

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