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Forget about Shortwood for now

30 October 2013

Vale's main concentration is on Swindon Town

Shortwood Town came from behind with two second half goals last night to see off Aldershot Town and set up a first round FA Cup tie with the Vale.

The FA Cup minnows secured a date with the Vale with what has been described as a ‘breathtaking’ win over Skrill Premier League outfit Aldershot last night.

Shortwood United, from the Calor Gas South and West Southern League hit two goals within three second half minutes to shock the EBB Stadium crowd, amongst who was Vale boss Micky Adams.

It was probably their finest result in ‘The Woods’ 113 year history and they will no doubt be hungry for more success in a competition renowned for romantic giant killing stories.

Mark Grew says Vale can expect a tough game regardless of who the opposition are, and many a Vale fan will verify that, with past defeats to Chasetown and Canvey Island still fresh in the memories.

Grew said: “Ideally we would have wanted a home draw, but although we don’t k now an awful lot about them, I am sure it will be a tough game - you never get an easy FA Cup tie.

“The Gaffer went to watch them against Aldershot last night and he will give us a report on them on Thursday, but our main concentration at the moment is the Swindon game this weekend.

“We have all played in these type of games in the past and we know how difficult they can turn out to be.

“They are probably average players that all of a sudden for one game lift their game and if you are not ready for it upsets will happen, as we have seen in the past.

“But we will prepare right, we will get it into the lads’ heads that going anywhere away from home is not going to be easy in the FA Cup.

“Their players will probably get good bonus money, they will probably be on a good win bonus so we know the incentives for the smaller clubs are massive now.”

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