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Tunbridge Wells FC manager Martin Larkin: 'We're just three wins away from the final at Wembley'

By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

By Glenn Garrett glenn.garrett@courier.co.uk

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THE manager of Tunbridge Wells FC has urged the town to back his boys on the road to Wembley.

Some 508 fans, including 120 children, saw the club knock out FA Vase holders Dunston UTS on Saturday to put them three wins from the final at Wembley.

Tomorrow (Saturday) they take on Larkhall Athletic in Bath in the fifth round of the prestigious competition and manager Martin Larkin wants the whole town behind the team.

He said: "The potential of this club is massive. This is something for the whole town to get excited about. These things don't come around often."

The quarter-final draw has been made and if they triumph over Larkhall they will face Hadleigh United at Culverden. Mr Larkin said he wanted to see a crowd of more than 1,000 if the team got that far.

For lifelong supporters of Wells it has already been a rollercoaster ride, with the Dunston match postponed twice before Saturday's heart-stopping 1-0 win.

Season ticket holder Mike Hunter, 79, said: "It was a terrific atmosphere. We had something like 500 people there and that was excellent. I'll be honest, I prefer a league game though, it's easier on my heart. I think we can win it. We'll need a bit of luck. You always do."

Chairman Joe Croker said it was great to see so many young people supporting their local side. "We had 120 kids there," he said. "That is great. Ridgewaye made a great effort to get them there. The crowd was greater than expected. It was the sort of crowd I thought we would get when the game was originally scheduled, but I thought the postponements might have impacted it.

"I was delighted with it. A lot of people from the town turned up, councillors, the mayor and Greg Clark, our MP."

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