MELKSHAM Town boss Kieran Baggs believes the outcome of this month’s FA Vase quarter-final against in-form Thatcham Town will come down to which team can handle the occasion the better.

Another four-figure crowd at Oakfields is all but guaranteed on February 24 when the Berkshire side arrive for their last-eight clash, Melksham booking their ticket with a 2-1 win over Tring Athletic in front of 1,236 supporters last weekend through early goals from Mike Perrott and Rob Hobbs.

With the stakes rising all the time as a potential Wembley final hoves into view, Baggs insists the belief is there that Melksham can go all the way but admits dealing with the build-up to the big game will be key to ensuring their progress.

The home draw Town desired materialised in Monday’s draw, although Thatcham promise to be formidable foes, having won 19 straight league and cup matches.

“I think before the draw we were saying as a club that we just wanted another day like we had at the weekend,’’ said Baggs, who will take advantage of the lack of a Saturday game for his side to watch Thatcham take on Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Hellenic League Premier Division this weekend.

“It really does add that extra bit to it and really does make a massive difference.

“They (Thatcham) are probably one of the favourites for the cup so we’re going to have to make sure we’re at our top level and get as prepared as we can for it. We won’t get too excited. You try and keep the players out of all the media stuff as much as possible. It will be who can handle that the best.’’