WORCESTER City joint-boss Lee Hughes has called on his side to win the FA Vase after a pulsating start to the club’s road to Wembley.
Successive 4-3 thrillers have taken the Blue and Whites into the second round and a home tie against Midland Premier League rivals Highgate United on Saturday, November 11.
And the prolific forward hopes his and John Snape’s side can marry a successful league campaign with a cup run ending on Wembley Way in May.
Speaking after Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Sherwood Colliery, Hughes said: “This is massive for us, we want to win the Vase.”
Hughes’ only visit to Wembley was to the old stadium as part of the Kidderminster Harriers team defeated 2-1 by Woking in the 1995 FA Trophy final.
“Everything about it from training down there and going up to the stadium is a great experience and for some of these lads they may never experience it again,” he said.
“If we can get to Wembley what an achievement that would be. The only time I have been there was with Kidderminster, we lost but what an experience to play there.”
Hughes admitted the Blue and Whites had made it hard for themsleves against Sherwood Colliery which came before City’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Khalsa on Tuesday night.
“We knew Sherwood were going to come and work their socks off and make it difficult for us,” he said.
“The conditions weren’t the best but we told the players before the game to play the conditions and keep the ball on the floor because kicking it high in this weather leaves you with no chance.
“At the start we did that but we stopped and it put the pressure on us.”
Hughes has praised the contribution of Dave Reynolds and Mark Danks as goal-hungry City once again found the net.
“We’ve got three good forwards and its a constant headache to have in terms of team selection, there aren’t many clubs that will have better forwards than us,” he said.
City face a trip to Rocester on Saturday (kick off 3pm) with the possibility of losing skipper Brad Birch for four games following his second red card of the season on Saturday.