Search

Ashanike wants FA Cup and FA Vase success with Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 August 2018

Action from the Essex Senior League match between Clapton and Tower Hamlets (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the Essex Senior League match between Clapton and Tower Hamlets (pic Tim Edwards)

Archant

The Mile End Stadium club will look to secure a first win of the season on Saturday

Tower Hamlets boss AJ Ashanike wants his team to have plenty of success in cup competitions this season – starting on Saturday.

The Mile End Stadium club were due to be at home to Essex Senior League rivals Stanway Rovers in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, but it will now take place at Rovers’ Hawthorns base.

Last season, Ashanike saw his team reach the preliminary stage following a replay victory over FC Broxbourne Borough, but league foes Takeley thrashed them 4-0 to end their FA Cup journey early.

During this campaign there is even more incentive for clubs to do well with prize funds increased for both winners and losers.

If Hamlets win on Saturday they could pocket £2,250 compared to the £1,500 they received during the 2017/18 season for getting past Broxbourne Borough.

Ashanike said: “Last year we didn’t think we did that well in the FA Cup. We were held to a draw, then won the replay and then got knocked out, so we want to do better this time around.”

Hamlets will hope Saturday is the beginning of a memorable journey in the competition, but if they lose, they will still receive a much-needed £750.

The east Londoners had a busy spell heading into this weekend’s FA Cup tie with two fixtures in the Essex Senior League.

Last Saturday they suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at Clapton in the season opener at the Old Spotted Dog in front of 74 spectators.

Ashanike was proud of the way his team played despite going down to a stoppage time winner from Tons ace Jeffrey Cobblah.

Hamlets were looking to bounce back on Wednesday night away to Leyton Athletic, but had to settle for a goalless draw.

Although the FA Cup clash is coming up, the Mile End boss is not only keen to do well in this competition, but also the FA Vase too.

During the 2017/18 campaign, Hamlets made it to the second round proper, but lost 2-1 at home to divisional rivals Enfield.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Ashanike, he added: “In the FA Vase we had a good run and that is a priority and we need to at least be reaching the last-16.

“Last season we should have got to the last-16, we played Enfield in the second round and we had four people sent off and then the week after we went over there and beat them 4-0 in the league.

“So, the FA Vase we will take very, very seriously this season and my aim is to reach the last-16 or maybe even the quarters.”

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 13:00

Matt Withers is joined by Dave Evans, Jacob Ranson and Sports Editor Lee Power for another East London Football Podcast.

Yesterday, 09:00

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton is facing a selection headache for trip to Oldham Athletic after impressive performance in Bristol Rovers Leasing.com Trophy defeat.

Yesterday, 07:00

Playfinder's mission of making it easier for everyone to play sports has kicked into top gear with its £650,000 Crowdcube raise reaching overfunding in just a fortnight.

Thu, 15:38

East London's women remain on the heels of rivals Wapping in the East League Premier Division after a 2-1 win over Maidstone.

Thu, 14:00

Wapping's men maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Conference East table with a 2-1 win over Chichester at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Thu, 12:00

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton was delighted with his side's performance despite crashing out of the Leasing.com Trophy in a penalty shoot-out to Bristol Rovers.

Thu, 10:02

The first anniversary celebrations of the Canary Wharf Football Academy were held at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel.

Leyton Orient went out of the Leasing.Com Trophy after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists