White: Clevedon Town ready for 'biggest game' in last few years at Southall

Alex White, left, and Ryan King, right, in control during Clevedon Town's 6-0 Third Round Vase win at Brixham.

Alex White, left, and Ryan King, right, in control during Clevedon Town's 6-0 Third Round Vase win at Brixham. - Credit: pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown

Clevedon Town manager Alex White hails Saturday’s FA Vase fourth round tie at Southall as the “biggest game” the Seasiders have had in the last few years.

Clevedon have beaten Bemerton Heath Harlequins and Brixham on their way to the fourth round of the 47-year-old competition for the second year in succession.

“It’s the biggest game the club has had in a few years so it will be a great occasion,” White said

“Having said that, there is absolutely no pressure on us at all, we are very much the underdogs and we have played our best football in the competition so far. 

“We are hopeful of a good week’s preparation and no Covid concerns so we can take as strong a squad as possible next Saturday."

Since White has come in as Clevedon manager he has only tasted defeat once in his nine games, against Exmouth Town last November, and have picked up successive victories over Brixham and Street to go into the game this weekend in good form.

But White says he knows how much of a difficult game will be with the 1986 runners-up, who are currently on a 12-game unbeaten run, including nine in the Combined Counties League Premier Division North and are yet to taste defeat since August.

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“They are flying in their league and are one of the favourites to win the competition. We know it’s going to be incredibly tough,” he added.

“But we have got to just be us, and focus on ourselves really. If we play the way we have done in the last 10 games or so, I fancy us to beat anybody at our level. We are going to give it a right good go.

“I do not think either team will know a lot about the other to be honest. Every time we have arranged to go and watch them it has been postponed and probably the same for them too. 

“Whilst it is handy to know the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition by watching them, sometimes you can become too focused on it and change what you do too."

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