Byrne stresses the financial need for a good cup run

S&L Corby manager Kevin Byrne
S&L Corby manager Kevin Byrne

Kevin Byrne says that an FA Vase cup run is important for a club at S&L Corby’s level.

The Occupation Road side welcome Loughborough University on Saturday for a first-round tie, a contest which the S&L manager is keen to get stuck into.

He said: “We’ve already had a couple of good wins in this competition and we definitely want to get a few more.

“Clubs like ours always struggle a bit financially so anything we can in that regard is welcome.”

Byrne admitted the students are something of an unknown quantity but expects a keenly-fought battle.

He continued: “We don’t really know much about them to be honest.

“They’ll be a fit side and well organised but we’re at home, we had a really good result in midweek, and making progress is our aim.”

Desborough manager Steve Walker believes his side have a good chance of making progress in the competition as they travel to Hucknall.

Financial issues have seen the Nottinghamshire club drop down the levels in recent times and while Walker won’t be taking the tie lightly, he sees it as a good opportunity.

He said: “I know they’ve been a bit unfortunate but they are where they are for a reason.

“It’s not the players’ fault but they’re two leagues below us and although it should be a tough game, it’s one we are capable of winning.”

Elsewhere in the Vase, AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be strong favourites to advance to the next round as they travel to struggling Woodford.

Mark Starmer’s side were beaten 3-2 by Peterborough Northern Star in midweek, their first home league defeat since becoming a senior club, but should have too much for a Woodford side who have lost all 11 of their Division One games.