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PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

SATURDAY'S trip to Harwich and Parkeston was never going to be an easy game for us.

Some people may be looking upon it as two points dropped, but for us it is another point away from home that we've gained - and that's better than none at all.

SATURDAY'S trip to Harwich and Parkeston was never going to be an easy game for us.

Some people may be looking upon it as two points dropped, but for us it is another point away from home that we've gained - and that's better than none at all.

Our philosophy is that if you can't win it, then don't lose it! And we're proud of the boys for their performance on the day. They worked their socks off and looked the more threatening.

After getting our noses in front we were pegged back just on half time. But we regained the lead after the break and did have opportunities after this to finish them off until we conceded a sloppy goal late on.

We lost Russell Stock on the day, but Ross King came on, looked sharp and did really well.

We were without a few players for the Suffolk Premier Cup quarter final on Tuesday, but still had a good squad. And those that did play were absolutely superb.

Felixstowe is a tough place to go to and they had some new players and a new manager.

All credit goes to our players - we won 3-0 and it could've been 10-0 as we ripped them apart. The defence were fantastic on the night - they were strong and produced a top-drawer display.

Everyone in the side put in a real shift, and all credit to the players they were fantastic.

The only downside was another couple of injury concerns. Reece Hunn was wiped out with an awful tackle that went unpunished, and he is now on crutches with a knee injury that we are not sure of the extent of the problem yet. Darren Cockrill also twisted his ankle but came off as more of a precaution and hopefully he will be ok tomorrow.

Tuesday was a really, really good performance and a great result that now means we're in the semi-final to be played in March - so we can put that on a back burner for now.

We are now all geared up for Tiptree and the FA Vase tie tomorrow. On the back of everything last season (in reaching the Vase final) and our start to this season, this is a massive, massive game for us.

We've been blessed with a home draw, but they'll be looking to come here to turn us over on our own pitch. It's not going to be easy. We have a few injury concerns but we'll still be picking from a strong squad.

We're really looking forward to getting started in the Vase again. But Tiptree are a good side and they've got to the Vase final before as well. If we're not right tomorrow we know that they can cause us lots of problems - so we must continue where we left off from Tuesday and use that as a benchmark.

We also have another big league game next Tuesday against Needham Market, but at the moment we're totally focused on Tiptree and we'll look at the Needham games come 5pm tomorrow.

Russell Stock is still touch and go for tomorrow, and it will be a late decision. Hopefully Cockers will be fit, while Ali McKenna and Sean Blowers are back.

Hunn, Matty Potter and Carl Poppy are definitely out though.

We've got competition for places at the moment, and we want to stay in the Vase. So hopefully a big crowd will turn out and cheer us on tomorrow.

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