West Auckland manager Gary Forrest has told his players to keep their emotions under control for their Vase quarter final against Chertsey at the Wanted Stadium on Saturday.

West are striving to reach their third Vase final in seven years and have home advantage against a club that started way back in the first qualifying round.

“The players must park their emotions on a day like this,” he said.

“They must make sure that there are no silly bookings and no bad decisions, and go about our gameplan in an efficient and professional manner. They mustn’t let emotions affect them.

“Against Hebburn in the last round, I thought our decision-making was better than theirs on the day. In game like this, it’s down to who makes the fewest mistakes and takes their chances. It’s all about playing the game for what it is.”

Forrest sent two of his staff down to Surrey last weekend to watch their opponents in action, and said; “We got a report from that game, and we’ve also picked up another three reports about them.

“We’ve learned quite a bit about them – they’ve got a good attacking front four who score a lot of goals, so obviously our plan will be to snuff them out. We know where their strengths are, and we also know about their weaknesses. We’ve been working on a few things.

“Until this season, I haven’t bothered about reports on our opponents, and concentrated on my own team, but this season we’ve put some gameplans together.”

Forrest, who has been at this stage before twice with Shildon, will give defender Ross Colquhoun a fitness test before the game, but he will be without another defender, Liam Hegarty, because of suspension, while striker Nathan Fisher and defender Dan Parker are both out because of injury.

Chertsey, who are nicknamed The Curfews, play in the Combined Counties League, and are second in the table, with seven wins and two draws from their ten away league games this season.