Bitton target last 16 spot in Vase
JOHN Lester describes Bitton's home FA Vase fourth round tie against Shildon as the "biggest game" during his time at the club.
Club stalwart Lester was assistant to then-manager Andy Black when the Western League club made it to the fifth round in 2011 and 2012.
But he is now the man in charge and is determined to make it a hat-trick of last 16 appearances.
Lester said: "This is the biggest game for me personally, because I'm now the manager. I've been at the club a long time now and it would mean everything if we could make it through to the last 16."
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Northern League Division One outfit Shildon face a 269-mile journey and Lester is urging his players to make home advantage count. He said: "Shildon are travelling down on Friday and staying overnight. They have a fantastic away record and have only lost once on the road all season.
"But you can worry too much about the opposition and it is all about us and what we do on the day.
"If the lads cannot get themselves up for a game like this, then I don't know what it would take.
"We're at home, we're at full strength and we are confident.
"We've lost to Coalville and West Auckland in the last two seasons and both went on to reach Wembley.
"We have a good record in this competition and we know what is at stake."
With the exception of Leroy Swaby, who is cup-tied, Lester selects from a full-strength squad.