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UP FOR THE CUP! Tigers 90 minutes away from a dream final.

By Thomas Nicholls

Lancing the venue as Saltdean take on League 2's Crawley Town

So, what a cup run it has been and what a night in store for the club tonight!

We travel to Lancing to pit our wits against Harry Kewell's Crawley Town, with the winner set to face either Pagham FC or Brighton at The AMEX Stadium.

Saltdean are in fine form and are full of confidence ahead of tonight's Cup Semi-Final, but they know they have an enormous task ahead of them in the wake of Kewell's side.

Speaking to Sussex FA, boss Damion Freeman delivered his verdict ahead of the match “We are the underdogs but at the end of the day its a one-off game and anything can happen...

"We will be trying to cause an upset and hopefully along with some luck, the occasion will get the boys through,” he added.

Freeman knows what Crawley will bring to the table, but has faith that his side will up their game on Tuesday night.

“Crawley are going to be extremely fit and experienced. I am sure they are going to give it everything.

"But, a lot of our players have played at a high standard, so it’s a case of them playing up to the standard they can and mixing in some of our youngsters, it could work out well for us,” he added.

The Tigers have dropped points along the way in their league campaign but Freeman claims that his squad perform better against the bigger sides.

“We do tend to up our game against stronger sides and we are looking forward to playing on the County FA’s 3G pitch, because a better surface generally suits our style of play.”

Meanwhile, Crawley Town assistant and former Northern Ireland International Warren Feeney knows his side are in for a tough night against the Tigers and speaking to Crawley Town's official website, he said "It's a great game for us and great credit to Saltdean, we are not underestimating this side at all"

"You've seen how hard it was in the last round, they must be a good side to get this far and we will be treating them with the utmost respect"

"It's going to be difficult, but the boys and the fans have been magnificent recently and this is an opportunity and a chance for players who haven't been in the squad to put a thought in the manager's head for Saturday"

The match tonight is set to be a fantastic occasion for the Tigers, and everyone at the club is thoroughly looking forward to it said Freeman: “As a club it’s massive for us, we just have to go out there and do the club and our supporters proud.”

Entry prices for the Semi-Final are as follows:
£10.00 Adult (17+)
£5.00 Concession (65+ and students with valid student ID card)
£3.00 Child (16 and under)


Updated 11:58 - 6 Mar 2018 by Thomas Nicholls

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