DANNY Greaves is happy for Bradford Town to keep making FA Vase progress the hard way - but is determined the Trowbridge Road club's league ambitions will not be adversely affected by their cup heroics.

Bradford reached the last 16 of the national competition with an against-the-odds triumph at Isle of Wight side Newport (IW) on Saturday, despite having goalkeeper Charlie Phillips sent off after just 20 minutes, with boss Greaves donning the gloves before Mark Wall's late goal ensured their progress.

That booked a fifth-round tie and lengthy trip north to face Marske United on February 3, with the Redcar outfit widely considered the favourites to lift the trophy later this season.

Town though are also going well in the Toolstation League Premier Division, where they currently lie third, with the addition of a new division at the higher Southern League level next season potentially opening the door to promotion for the likes of them and fellow Vase last 16 side Melksham Town, who are fourth.

And despite their Vase adventure tantalisingly bringing a possible day out at Wembley on to the horizon, Greaves is determined that the side's league form won't suffer in the meantime.

"Hopefully we can stay in this competition and keep winning and hopefully that momentum will continue in the league form,'' he told the Wiltshire Times.

"What we don't want to happen is for this competition to take over and we see a dip in our league form.

"It will be important to get them (the players) back down to earth and back at it on Saturday (they travel to Bath side Odd Down in the Premier Division).''

He added: "I think they've relaxed the ground grading rules this year and are creating another regional league at the level above and I believe that has opened up another promotion place, so there is a bit more to play.

"At our club, the people behind the scenes are quite ambitious and have got everything assessed and if we do get promoted they know what needs to be done and the costs involved and are willing to do it.''

Bradford have now reached the Vase last-16 stage in two of the last four seasons - a superb achievement for a club only formed in the early 1990s - and Greaves is thrilled with how they have done it against the odds.

"All the way through the Vase, I would say we've had quite a tough run,'' he said.

"Buckland (second-round opponents) are one of the best teams at this level and we had them away.

"Saturday was logistically a bit of a challenge and now we've got one of the longest trips (Marske) you could possibly have.

"They're not making it easy for us but we'll go there with no fear and enjoy it and hopefully get another positive result.

"On the betting odds, they (Marske) are the favourites (to win the Vase) and I think they went through quite comfortably, beating Hinckley 5-0 on Saturday.

"Against Newport, we prepared and had them watched and boys knew what to expect. Just because of the nature of the game we will definitely do our homework on them (Marske).

"It will be another great day for the club and the fans. We took a good number of fans over (to Newport), travelling by train, ferry and a number on the coach and it was a brilliant journey back, one we'll remember for a long time.

"Days like Saturday don't happen very often in football so we need to remember it, enjoy it and try and get back down to earth as quickly as possible for a big league game against Odd Down on Saturday.''