FA Vase: Yaxley secrets appear safe after mis-timed spying visit

Yaxley manager Brett Whaley.

Yaxley manager Brett Whaley.

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Yaxley boss Brett Whaley reckons an FA Vase spying mission on his team might back-fire spectacularly.

The Cuckoos’ opponents in a last-32 tie this Sunday, Erith & Belvedere, watched them lose 1-0 in a scrappy United Counties Premier Division clash at Holbeach last week.

Yaxley’s own plan to undertake some football espionage was thwarted by bad weather, but Whaley insists that might be no bad thing.

“At our level teams often have key players unavailable so you don’t actually learn too much,” Whaley stated.

“I would have watched Erith to get a flavour of what they are about, but I do know they saw us at our worst at Holbeach in what was a poor advert for our league. It was a horrible night and I played a formation that I won’t be using on Sunday.”

Erith, who are second in the Southern Counties Premier Division, groundshare with Conference side Welling United (hence the Sunday kick-off), but it does mean Yaxley will have a bigger travelling fanbase than usual.

“We’ll have more on the bus than we get at home games,” Whaley joked. “League officials and others who play on Saturdays are travelling with us and we’re confident we can give them semething to cheer.

“We are the underdogs, but we’ve had many good days this season and we feel like we can enjoy another one.”

Yaxley have already travelled further in the FA Vase than ever before.

They’re also enjoying a terrific league season, sitting third in the Premier Division after coming from behind to beat Newport Pagnell 2-1 last weekend with second-half goals from Jon-Paul Duncliffe and David Cobb.

Yaxley have signed Huntingdon front man Jacob Joyce, a former Posh youth team player, but he is ineligible for this weekend.

Holbeach are in Vase action on Saturday at Premier Division rivals Thurnby Nirvana.