Brayson set to face former club in FA Vase fourth round clash
Newcastle Benfield striker Paul Brayson could play against his former club Northwich Victoria in the FA Vase fourth round clash on Saturday afternoon.
The prolific goalscorer looks back on his best moments with The Vics as well as focusing on the Lions’ important last 32 clash, as Benfield aim to reach Wembley for the first time in the club’s 31-year history.
How do you sum up your three years involved at Northwich Victoria? One of the best spells in your career?
I enjoyed three great seasons there. The manager at the time, Steve Burr, was great as well as the team and team spirit within the club. After winning the National League North and reaching the third round of the FA Cup with them, it was certainly one of the most enjoyable times in my career.
What is your favourite goal scored for Northwich?
Scoring the match winner against Woking was a personal favourite just for the fact we knew we would be playing Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup. The run was a great experience for the players, staff and fans who are connected with the club.
Was it sad to see the club struggle financially and fall down the league ladders?
It was very sad to see them in trouble and slipping down the leagues because it was a great club with brilliant fans and people involved. They are wanting to get back up the league ladders and I hope they do because they are a fantastic club. I wish them all the best!
On a personal note, what would it mean to reach the FA Vase final with Benfield or even win the competition?
It would be great to get to the final and play at Wembley Stadium and winning the tournament would be the perfect outcome.
It’s already a key game but will playing against your former club make the tie more special for yourself?
It obviously makes the game that extra more special as it is against a former club where I have enjoyed playing football and have valuable memories during my time there.
It was bitter sweet when I found out Benfield would be playing against them because in an ideal world, you’d prefer playing them in the final but that’s not to be.
I am looking forward to seeing a few old faces and catching up with them.
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