Jersey Bulls bag five in the FA Vase

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JERSEY BULLS’ assistant manager praised the hard work of his team after they saw off the challenge of Athletic Newham in the third round of the FA Vase.

A hat-trick from Jonny Le Quesne and a brace from Lorne Bickley sealed the deal with a 5-1 win at Springfield, after they had to come from a goal behind after a score by Jailson Seidi.

It was a fairly even tie for the best part of an hour, but, once Bickley scored Bulls’ third, the home side controlled the game with ease.

‘I think it was the right scoreline,’ said Kevan Nelson.

‘They were always in the game. They’ve got some good players who were causing some problems. But then we turned the screw the second half and they faded.

‘We’re a good, hard-working side. You’re going to find we’re hard to play against. We were just too good today.’

Despite the early setback, Bulls remained unflustered, gradually gaining control of the midfield.

‘I think we have genuinely learned over those performances where we started slowly and conceded,’ added Nelson.

‘We did it again but I always felt like it was going to be okay. I don’t think we weren’t panicked by it. But we had to tweak a few things that made sure that we got back in the game because they were causing us far too many problems, especially in the centre area. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was just more shape issue. But once we got there it was it was fine.’

Bulls will find out who they play in the fourth round in the draw today. However, Nelson is keen for the club not to get too far ahead of themselves with dreams of a Wembley final and insists that Bulls need to keep their focus on the league.

‘There is a lot of football still to be played. Last season, everyone was talking about promotion before Christmas and you can see how that all went wrong,’ he continued. ‘We have to wait until April and May until we start thinking we’re going to get there. We play the next round and we’ll play to win it and then we’ll play the next round.

‘We want to get promoted this season and we’ve got a job on our hands to do that. We’ve lost the last two home games, which has been tough. But we’ve got a good squad who know what they’re doing now and it’s nice to actually get a decent result like this.

‘It’s nice for the fans too who have watched two fairly drab performances recently and to give something back to them.’

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