WESTFIELD FC boss Tony Reid is already primed for the visit of Haywards Heath Town in the Buildbase FA Vase second qualifying round, writes Andy Fitzsimons.
The Yellows’ supremo already had the West Sussex outfit watched before his side beat Arundel in the first qualifying round last Saturday [10 September 2016].
Yet despite Reid’s impressive non-league footballing CV to date, he is now entering uncharted waters as a manager – having never previously managed a side in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase competition.
He said: “While I have had plenty of experience playing in the FA competitions as a player with the likes of Kingstonian and Lewis, this season is new territory for me as a manager. I had never managed in the FA Vase while I was at Eastbourne Town and Walton & Hersham.
“Throughout my playing career, I made loads of contacts; many of which are serving me well now. You can never take anything for granted in football, which is why I like to prepare; even if we do have two league games scheduled before our next FA Vase match.
“I know that Haywards Heath are a well-organised, direct and physical side, so having that tactical advantage means you can set out your stall accordingly about how best to deal with it,” added Reid.
Remarkably, no football club from Surrey has ever won or even appeared in the final of the FA Vase since the competition began in 1974, something that Reid would love to change.
And The Yellows’ boss knows only too well just what a good cup run can do for the Woking-based club. It comes after local rivals Knaphill managed to reach the fourth round proper last season.
With £600 prize money already in the coffers – following their 2-1 win against Arundel last Saturday, Reid is right to remain quietly confident that his side can reach the latter stages of the competition.
And a home win against Haywards Heath Town on 24 September  could be an indication of just how far Westfield could go this season.
Yellows’ goalscorer, Aaron Watson, will be hoping to boost his tally in the next round of the FA Vase, after his brace against Arundel.