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Tunbridge Wells maintained the momentum at home to Lingfield, winning 2-0 and ensuring no goals have been conceded in 180 minutes of football. At the other end, Brendon Cass hit his fourth goal of the season within less than 30 seconds of kick-off – all of which leaves first team boss Martin Larkin a happy man…
“We’re really happy with the win,” he told www.tunbridgewellsfc.com. “Any team in the league would want two wins from two games, and two clean sheets - and that is what we have.
“We knew that Lingfield weren’t going to be as bad as Saturday’s score suggested, and after an electric first 10 minutes where we could have scored five, the game settled down. Without getting out of second gear we have six points out of six, and Steve Lawrence has had two games without having to make a proper save.”
The win lifted The Wells into third spot in the SCEFL table, leap-frogging Holmesdale who lost 3-1 at second-placed Erith & Belvedere. A 4-0 win for Ashford United at Lordswood put them in top place for now.
Attentions turn to FA Cup action at the weekend with The Wells visiting Holmesdale in the Extra Preliminary Round. The tie is keenly anticipated by The Dalers’ boss John-Paul Collier, who recently told www.kentishfootball.co.uk, “I know the lads are buzzing for that game. [We] cannot wait to play them. We’re very excited for that. Our first seven or eight games are extremely tough but we’re fully going into that wanting to win that game.”
Larkin anticipates a good test for his side, outlining “It will be tough at their place as they like to play a certain way - so they will have lots of the ball. But we have great support going up there and we will be going there very confident”.
All-in-all, then, Saturday’s FA Cup showdown looks set to offer some exceptional entertainment. Supporters are being encouraged to travel in numbers, and a supporters’ coach is being laid-on at a cost of £6 per seat. Leaving Culverden at 12.30pm on Saturday, anybody wanting to book should contact James Purton on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by texting 07580 131 500.