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Romford FC one win away from cup final at Wembley Stadium

Lincoln United v Romford FC kicks off at 3pm tomorrow (credit:RFC)

Romford Football Club are one win away from a cup final at Wembley as they head to Lincoln this weekend.

The team will face Lincoln United for the second leg of the FA Vase Semi-Final tomorrow (Saturday, 6 April) – following a 2-2 draw last Saturday.

In the first leg thriller last week, the club welcomed United Counties Premier League side Lincoln United to Rookery Hill in what was described as the biggest game since 1992.

Boro have had a free week since then but the opponents had a United Counties League fixture on Easter Monday when they fielded a much changed side for their visit to Newark & Sherwood United where they were beaten 4-0.

Romford FC travelled up north to the 2,200 capacity Ashby Avenue Stadium today (Friday, 5 April) in preparation for tomorrow’s fixture.

Romford FC are one win away from a Wembley cup final (credit: RFC)

Manager Dan Spinks said: “We’re looking forward to it now, we just want the day to come. The build up and the preparation is done. Everything we’ve been playing for all season hinges on Saturday now so hopefully we get the right result.

“I was saying to my chairman yesterday, that I wasn’t that nervous last week funnily enough because I felt like we had another week to be able to put it right or the answer wasn’t going to be determined last Saturday, but it’s starting to feel a little bit more like it’s all happening Saturday and we’ll find out what the answers going to be.

“The hardcore of Romford fans that have been travelling for the last 3 or 4 years when things weren’t going so well – they deserve this moment hopefully they get a Wembley trip as there’s not many non-league clubs that deserve it as much as they do.

“At the start of the season with me and the Chairman, our aim was to still be involved in April, still have something to play for in April and so far that’s gone to plan. We’re in a semi-final of a national competition. We’re in the semi-final of the league cup. We’re second or third in the league and still pushing there, so we’ve still got things to play for which was the plan at the start of the season. And as I say, if Saturday does go wrong, we’ve still got things, we’ll go again mid-week and build from there but ideally the long term, the biggest goal is getting to Wembley and hopefully we can achieve that.”

Looking to their opponents, this is Lincoln United’s first season competing in the FA Vase since 1994-95, since when they have been at Step 4 until their relegation from the Northern Premier League last season.

The furthest that Lincoln United have previously progressed in the FA Vase was in 1974-75 – the competition’s first season – when they reached the last eight.

Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 3pm.

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