Dean Street, DL4 1EZ. http://www.shildonafc.com/contact/
One of two all Northern League Division One ties in the Third Round. Both sides are comfortably in the top half of the table but are both a little way off title contention at the moment. The Railwaymen made the semi-final of this competition in 2012-13, going down 4-3 on aggregate to Tunbridge Wells. A Fifth Round defeat to Bristol Manor Farm in the 2015-16 competition is RCA's best effort so far. The sides have not met in the Vase before but Shildon did edge a tight FA Cup Preliminary Round tie by 4-3 in 2011.
Shildon - Glasshoughton Welfare (h) 1-0, Barton Town (a) 2-0,
Sunderland RCA - Bridlington Town (h) 3-2 (aet), Garstang (a) 6-2
Northwich Victoria v Silsden AFC
Chapel Street (Witton Albion), CW9 6DA. http://www.northwichvictoriafc.com/contact/
An all North West Counties Premier tie also featuring two top ten sides who probably won't have enough to press for the summit this season. They have already met in the league this season with Vics clocking up a 2-0 home victory. This season represents the best FA Vase run for both sides, although it is only the second time that Northwich have entered. The sides had very different weekends, Victoria winning 2-1 at Charnock Richers whilst Silsden were given a harsh 7-0 lesson at home to Bootle.
Northwich Victoria - Maltby Main (h) 2-0, Cammell Laird (h) 5-0, Prestwich Heys (a) 0-0, Prestwich Heys (h) 1-0
Silsden - Harrogate Railway Athletic (a) 4-3, Albion Sports (a) 1-0, Staveley MW (a) 2-2, Staveley MW (h) 2-0, Bedlington Terriers (h) 3-1
Stockton Town v Hebburn Town
Bishopton Road West, TS19 0QD. http://stocktontownfc.com/directions/
The second Northern League Division One clash of the round, this one featuring last season's beaten finalists, Stockton Town. They take on newly-promoted Hebburn Town, who returned to Division One last season after four years away. The Hornets have made an impressive return so far and, at the time of writing, sit fifth just five points off the top. The sides drew 2-2 in an early season encounter at Hebburn's Energy Check Sports Ground.
Stockton Town - Ashington (h) 4-1,
Hebburn Town - Eccleshill United (a) 1-0, Billingham Synthonia (h) 3-1, City of Liverpool (h) 4-0, Hallam (a) 2-1
Avro v West Auckland Town
Vestacare Stadium, OL8 3JH. http://www.avrojfc.org/contact/
The first of the Step 6 sides left in the competition, Avro face a tough challenge as they welcome Northern League Division One high-flyers West Auckland Town to Greater Manchester. It's Avro's first venture into the FA Vase after their promotion into the North-West Counties League last Summer. West, currently third in their league, have Vase pedigree reaching the Final twice but losing out on both occasions.
Avro - Barnton (h) 3-0, Steeton (a) 3-2, Squires Gate (h) 2-1,
West Auckland Town - Thackley (a) 1-0
Irlam v Winterton Rangers
Silver Street, M44 6JJ. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/irlamfc/contact/
Winterton lost their Step 5 place at the end of the 2013-14 season but have been making steady progress towards a return ever since. A home defeat to Grimsby Borough has seen them slip to third at the weekend, but they are just three points off the top. If they wish to make Vase progress they will need to get past an Irlam side who have shown some form in recent weeks, winning 5 and drawing 1 of their last 6 games. In the Vase it is Rangers who boast the better pedigree with a Quarter-Final and Fifth Round appearance under their belts. For Irlam this represents their best run to date.
Irlam - Burscough (h) 4-2, Handsworth Parramore (h) 2-0, Hemsworth MW (h) 3-1
Winterton Rangers - Rossington Main (h) 2-0, Lower Breck (h) 1-0, Dunston UTS (h) 2-1
Newcastle Benfield v Runcorn Town
Sam Smiths Sports Ground, NE6 4NU. https://newcastlebenfield.com/contact-us-page/
Benfield, who put out a North West Counties side in 1874 Northwich in the last round, take on 1874's league-fellows Runcorn Town. Benfield's league form has been patchy this season and, as we speak, they sit in mid-table having lost almost as many games as they have won. Town, who saw town rivals Linnets progress to Step 4 last season, sit in third place in the North West Counties Premier but are well adrift of unbeaten leaders City of Liverpool.
Newcastle Benfield - 1874 Northwich (h) 2-0
Runcorn Town - Guisborough Town (h) 3-3, Guisborough Town (a) 4-2 (aet), Vauxhall Motors (a) 3-1
Ilkeston Town v Eastwood Community
The New Manor Ground, http://www.ilkestontownfc.co.uk/stadium-itfc/getting-to-the-new-manor-ground
The closest derby of the Third Round sees Step 6 new boys Eastwood Community make the short, 3-mile, cross-county trip into Derbyshire to face Vase virgins, Ilkeston Town. We say Vase virgins but although this is the Vase debut for this incarnation of Ilkeston Town the previous team made it into the Fourth Round in the 1988-89 season, going out to Tamworth. This is Eastwood's third Vase campaign. They progressed into the Third Round as a Step 7 side last season, putting out Step 5 Leicester Nirvana before going out to Desborough Town.
Ilkeston Town - Gedling MW (a) 4-0, Graham Street Prims (a) 2-0, Heanor Town (a) 3-0, Wolverhampton SC (a) 2-0
Eastwood Community - Anstey Nomads (a) 5-2, Sherwood Colliery (h) 3-2, Selston (h) 3-0, Quorn (a) 2-1
Coventry United v Hinckley AFC
Butts Park Arena, CV31 3GE. http://www.coventryunited.co.uk/about-us/our-home-visitor-info/
This one throws together two Midland League sides. Both are currently sitting in mid-table but for United that means Premier League whilst Hinckley currently ply their trade in Division One. Neither side has a particularly long or glorious FA Vase history. United managed a Third Round replay last season before going out on penalties to Bromsgrove Rovers. Hinckley managed to rounds further the previous season before going down 4-3 at home to Buckland Athletic in Round Five.
Coventry United - Droitwich Spa (a) 4-2, Atherstone Town (h) 2-1, Wednesfield (h) 5-0, Boldmere St Michales (h) 3-0
Hinckley - Hereford Lads Club (h) 3-1
Cadbury Athletic v Desborough Town
Eckersall Lane, B38 8SR. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/cadburyathleticfc/contact/
Midland League Division One side Cadbury Athletic will be looking to stage something of a 'cupset' as they welcome United Counties Premier outfit Desborough Town to Birmingham. Athletic are just below the main action in their division but, with 11 points separating them from top spot, they won't consider themselves to be out of the running. Ar Tarn are currently mid-table and are the UCL draw specialists with 7 of their 15 games ending all-square, including a very respectable 2-2 at leaders Daventry on Saturday.
Cadbury Athletic - Wem Town (h) 2-0, Hanley Town (h) 4-0, Heather St Johns (h) 3-2
Desborough Town - Worcester City (a) 2-0
Westfields v Leicester Nirvana
AllPay Park, HR4 9NA. http://www.westfieldsfc.com/contact/
This all Step 5 affair promises to be a very tight encounter. Nirvana, sixth in the UCL Premier, have come into some form of late and had won seven on the bounce in all competitions including a 6-0 and 6-1 victory, until a disappointing 0-0 draw with struggling Boston Town ended the run. Westfields, meanwhile, are pushing hard and keeping the pressure on Midland Premier leaders Ilkeston Town. At the time of writing they have won their last 5 consecutive games in all competitions including a whopping 6-1 win at local rivals Worcester City on Saturday. A win would see them equal their best run in the Vase, achieved last season where they went out to Hamble Club.
Westfields - Romulus (h) 3-2
Leicester Nirvana - FC Bolsover (a) 2-1, Wellington Amateurs (a) 2-1, Saffron Dynamo (h) 3-0
Shepshed Dynamo v NKF Burbage
The Dovecote Stadium, LE12 9BN. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/shepsheddynamo/contact/
This is NKF's first venture into the FA Vase after their rapid rise from local leagues into the Midland League Division One where they currently sit just below the main title contenders. Having said that, at the time of writing, they are only eleven points shy of Atherstone at the top. Dynamo moved up to fourth in the Premier League at the weekend with a 2-0 victory at home to Long Eaton. Both will be hoping to continue their progress in the league whilst making the most of the chance of a Vase run.
Shepshed Dynamo - Whitchurch Alport (a) 3-2 (aet), Bewdley Town (h) 2-0, Blidworth Welfare (h) 3-0
NKF Burbage - Lutterworth Town (h) 2-1, Cradley Town (h) 2-1, Bustleholme (a) 4-1, Stourport Swifts (a) 2-0
Lye Town v Leighton Town
The Sports Ground, DY9 7DH. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/lyetownfc/contact/
This tie was originally Lye Town v Cogenhoe United. However, after The Cooks were unfortunately found to have fielded an illegible loan player,last season's beaten Quarter-Finalists Leighton Town were re-instated and will travel to the West Midlands. Both sides are going through an up and down season so far and sit in mid-table as we speak. They had differing fortunes this weekend, Lye losing at home to Loughborough University whilst Leighton had a good 1-0 win at Leverstock Green.
Lye Town - Bolehall Swifts (h) 2-0, Chelmsley Town (h) 5-2, Brocton (h) 4-1
Leighton Town - Cogenhoe United (a) 0-2 - Awarded to Leighton after Cogeho played an illegible player
Sporting Khalsa v Walsall Wood
Aspray Arena, WV13 3BB. http://www.sportingkhalsa.com/our-ground/
After Ilkeston v Eastwood this is, geographically, the next closest tie of the round. Just 8 miles separates the two sides. However, in the league they are even closer. Wood sit third one place and two points better off than their rivals, but Khalsa do have a game in hand. To add spice to the tie, the sides met in league action at Noose Lane this Saturday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and it can be expected that next week's tie will be equally tight. Both sides have Vase Quarter-Finals in their recent history, Khlasa going out to Coleshill in 2016-17 and Wood being edged out in a reply by Guernsey in 2012-13.
Sporting Khalsa - Coventry Sphinx (a) 2-2, Coventry Sphinx (hR) 3-0, Stone Old Aleynians (a) 7-3, Winsfod United (h) 1-0, Hucknall Town (h) 3-2
Walsall Wood - Uttoxeter Town (a) 2-2, Uttoxeter Town (h) 5-4 (aet), Smethwick (a) 3-0, Dronfield Town (h) 3-1
Histon v Leverstock Green (Playing Sunday December 2)
The Glassword Stadium, CB24 9PH. https://www.histonfc.co.uk/directions/
A Fifth Round exit to Rye United in the 2010-11 competition represents Leverstock's best FA Vase performance. The Stutes can't boast a Fifth Round appearance but they can lay claim to a more consistent Vase history with four Fourth Round ties in their back catalogue. The last of these, however, was in the 1999-00 season. Between that time and the 2017-18 campaign they plied their trade higher in the pyramid, playing in the FA Trophy. League-wise, Leverstock are comfortable in mid-table whilst Histon lead the Eastern Counties Premier by three points with a game in hand.
Histon - Team Bury (h) walkover, Colney Heath(a) 1-1, Colney Heath (h) 2-0, Woodbridge Town (h) 5-4
Leverstock Green - Unite MK (h) 10-0, Raunds Town (h) 4-0, Sawbridgeworth Town (h) 3-0, Enfield 1893 (a) 4-1
Godmanchester Rovers v Holbeach United
The David Wilson Homes Ground, PE29 2LQ. http://godmanchesterroversfc.co.uk/contact-us/
This tie has plenty of appeal. Two very competitive Step 5 outfits, both challenging near the top of their respective divisions and both averaging over 2 goals per game so far this season. The Tigers look to hold all of the cards as far as the Vase is concerned. The can lay claim to a couple of Fifth Round appearances, as opposed to Rovers' single Third Round. They can also point to a 2007-08 2-0 2nd Qualifying victory over Rovers.
Godmanchester Rovers - West Essex (a) 2-1, Great Yarmouth Town (a) 3-1
Holbeach United - Biggleswade United (a) 3-2 (aet), Wodson Park (a) 2-0
Swaffham Town v Stowmarket Town
The Pavilion, PE37 7NS. http://www.swaffhamtownfc.co.uk/
Another East Anglian encounter this time with the added excitement of a Premier League side having to travel to an in-form Division One outfit. Stow won't have too many fears as the, themselves, are also enjoying a pretty good season in the Eastern Counties Premier. They sit in fourth spot and are on a six game unbeaten run in all competitions. Swaffham can better that run, however, and can point to a eight game unbeaten run in all competitions after a 5-1 win at Leiston reserves on Saturday.
Swaffham Town - Framlingham Town (a) 0-0, Framlingham Town (h) 2-1, Haverhill Borough (a) 4-3, May & Baker (a) 1-0
Stowmarket Town - Harpenden Town (h) 5-0, Baldock Town (h) 3-1 (aet)
Tring Athletic v Biggleswade
The Grass Roots Stadium, HP23 5NS. http://www.tafc.co.uk/index-r.php
Tie of the Round? It certainly could be. The sides swapped places at the top of the table on Saturday. Tring went down 2-0 at home to Wembley whilst Biggleswade were thumping Arlesey Town 4-1 to leapfrog their rivals at the top. A week after this game the sides will meet again in the first league clash of the season. Last season Athletic took four points off Biggleswade despite finishing twelve places below their rivals. The sides reached the Fifth and Fourth Rounds respectively last season, so their is some recent Vase experience in both camps.
Tring Athletic - Wellingborough Town (a) 7-0
Biggleswade - Norwich CBS (h) 3-1
Hullbridge Sports v Newport Pagnell Town
Hullbridge Sports and Social Club, SS5 6BJ. https://www.hullbridgesportsfc.co.uk/contactus.aspx
Sports have made the Fourth Round four times in the last five seasons whereas The Swans can't boast such consistency but can lay claim to a Quarter-Final appearance just to season ago, bowing out to eventual winners South Shields. In the league Newport Pagnell are not reaching the heights of last season, sitting just below halfway after a damaging 5-1 defeat to Harborough Town at the weekend. Sports, by contrast, are leading the way in Essex, four points clear of Stansted after a hard-fought 4-3 win over Sporting Bengal on Saturday.
Hullbridge Sports - Itrchester United (h) 3-1
Newport Pagnell Town - Newbury Forest (a) 3-2, Thame Rangers (h) 3-2
Deeping Rangers v FC Clacton
The Haydon Whitham Stadium, PE6 8LQ. http://www.deepingrangersfc.co.uk/contact/
Neither of these sides can boast a huge Vase pedigree. A Fourth Round appearance for Clacton in the 2008-09 season is the best effort for either of them. Rangers have progressed to this stage before, on three occasions, but have never got further. Clacton are currently sailing way too close to the bottom end of the table for their own comfort. Deeping are third in the United Counties Premier but oddly, despite the difference in league position, Rangers are only four points closer to top spot than Clacton, twelve as opposed to sixteen, although Rangers do have three games in hand on leaders Daventry Town.
Deeping Rangers - Blackstones (h) 7-1, WalshamLe Willows (a) 4-1, Newmarket Town (a) 1-0, Wantage Town (a) 2-1
FC Clacton - Hoddesdon Town (a) 3-2, Buckingham Athletic (a) 2-2, Buckingham Athletic (h) 3-2, Kirkley & Pakefield (h) 1-0
AFC Uckfield Town v Sutton Common Rovers
The Oaks, TN22 5QL. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/afcuckfieldfc/contact/
This is the furthest that Uckfield have progressed in the Vase in any of their guises, former or present. Currently sitting just below halfway in the Southern Combination but well clear of the bottom, they can afford to put some concentration into this competition. They face a Rovers side who are very much in contention in the Combined Counties Premier, second in the league and top of the small pile of clubs that are trying to chase down leaders Chertsey Town.
AFC Uckfield Town - Hollands & Blair (h) 2-0, Southwick (h) 5-0, Tunbridge Wells (a) 2-0, AFC Croydon Athletic (a) 2-1
Sutton Common Rovers - Cobham (h) 2-1, Horley Town (h) 6-1
Eastbourne Town v Abbey Rangers
The Saffrons, BN21 1EA. http://eastbournetown.com/contact/
The second of the Southern Combination v Combined Counties is somewhat similar to the first, a mid-table Southern Counties team versus a Combined Counties side pushing near the top. Eastbourne are currently 8th but off the pace of the leaders. Rangers, meanwhile, are fourth but are just a point shy of second-placed Suttton Common Rovers. Town's best Vase showing was a Fifth Round exit way back in the 70s. However, they have been very consistent recently, clocking up three Fourth Rounds and a Third Round in the last four seasons. This is only Abbey's fourth Vase venture. However, they have already managed a Second and Third Round appearance.
Eastbourne Town - Crowborough Athletic (a) 4-0
Abbey Rangers - Lydney Town (a) 3-1, Chipping Sodbury Town (a) 3-1, Rayners Lane (a) 3-2, Lordswood (h) 5-0
Redbridge v Chertsey Town
Oakside Stadium, IG6 1NB. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/redbridge/contact/
After challenging at the top last season, Redbridge are finding this term more difficult and are currently below mid-table in the Essex Senior League. A 3-1 defeat to Sawbridgeworth on Saturday not really helping matters. No such worries for The Curfews though. Under the stewardship of Dave Anderson they are, at the time of writing, four points clear at the top with just one defeat in fourteen games. Although they did drop two points at the weekend with a 2-2 home draw with Guildford. With two Quarter-Finals and a couple of Fifth Rounds under their belt, they also have some FA Vase pedigree. The same cannot be said for Redbridge who have not progressed past Qualifying in their other two campaigns.
Redbridge - Southen Manor (a) 4-1, Peterborough Northern Star (h) 1-0
Chertsey Town - Woodley United (h) 4-2, Tadley Calleva (a) 1-0, Flackwell Heath (h) 6-1, Horndean (h) 2-0
Bearsted v Steyning Town Community
Otham Sports Club, ME15 8RG. http://www.bearstedfc.co.uk/contactus.aspx
In the last two seasons of the Kent Invicta League, Bearsted followed up their runners-up spot by winning the title in 2015-16. Since the league merge into the Southern Counties East they have not managed to lift themselves above halfway. This season, however, they are looking capable of remedying that fact and are currently ninth. Steyning, meanwhile, could be forgiven for taking their eye off the Vase ball as they push for promotion to the Premier League. A 1-0 win at Bexhill on Saturday saw them hit top spot, a point clear of AFC Varndeanians. Whilst Bearsted have very little Vase history, Steyning can point to a Quarter-Final appearance bck in 1984-85, when they went out to eventual winners Halesowen Town.
Bearsted - Bexhill United (h) 4-1, Selsey (a) 2-0, Beckenham Town (h) 3-0, Newhaven (h) 1-0
Steyning Town - Kent Football United, (a) 3-2, Punjab United (h) 1-1 (9-8, pens), Walton & Hersham (h) 1-0, Banstead Atheltic (h) 1-0
Sheppey United v Cray Valley PM
The Havhill Stadium, ME12 3DB. http://www.sheppeyunitedfc.co.uk/contact-us/
This all Southern Counties East Premier tie pitches together two sides that have a promotion challenge fully in their sites. Both are currently top six level on points after Sheppey's 4-3 win at Crowborough on Saturday. Cray do, however, have a game in hand on their rivals as well as a vastly superior goal difference. Neither side has a rich Vase hsitory in fact this represents the best run in the competition for both teams. The sides met in the league recently with Cray returning from the Isle with a 3-1 victory after an opening goal from former Charlton striker Kevin Lisbie.
Sheppey United - Balham (h) 3-1, Seaford Town (h) 5-3, East Preston (h) 4-0, Spelthorne Sports (a) 2-1
Cray Valley PM - Sutton Athletic (a) 2-1, Hailsham Town (h) 2-0, St Panteleimon (a) 3-1, Badshot Lea (h) 7-0
Canterbury City v Southall
Salters Lane (Faversham Town FC), ME13 0DL. http://www.canterburycityfc.net/contact/
These two sides are both sitting in and around mid-table in their leagues at the moment, 13th and 10th respectively. Neither are in any immediate threat from the bottom but are off the promotion pace. As far as Vase pedigree goes, City can point to a pretty good recent history, reaching Round Three in 2015-16 and then Round Two in the past two seasons. Southall, beaten Finalists in 85-86, reached the Quarter-Final as a Step 6 side in the 2016-17 season, eventually bowing out to Cleethorpes Town who went on to lose in the Final.
Canterbury City - Langney Wanderers (a) 2-0, AFC Varndeanians (a) 2-0, Saltdean United (h) 2-1, Corinthian (a) 4-2 (aet)
Southall - Reading City (h) 3-2, Wembley (h) 5-0, Sheerwater (h) 6-0, Chatham Town (h) 1-0
Erith Town v Windsor
Erith Stadium, DA8 3AT. https://www.erithtown.co.uk/content.php?pg=clubinfo&pd=1005
Another Southern Counties East Premier outfit, Erith Town, who went down 3-0 to Deal Town on Saturday, are currently level on points with Canterbury occupying a lower half of mid-table berth. They may well be sick of the sight of opponents Windsor. Last season they went out of this competition in Round Two at the hands of the Berkshire outfit. Windsor went on to reach the Quarter-Final before going out to beaten Finalists Stockton Town.
Erith Town - Arundel (h) 5-0, AC London (a) 3-2, Bedfont & Feltham (a) 2-1, Kensington Borough (a) 3-0
Windsor - Chichester City (a) 2-0
Saltash United v Cribbs
The Kimberley Stadium, PL12 6DX. http://www.saltashunited.co.uk/club/88650/FindUs
Saltash may be a Step 6 side but they are consistent top 6 finishers in the South West Peninsula League and will certainly fancy their chances with a home tie against their Western League Premier visitors. United occupy an interesting league position at the time of writing. They are nicely placed in third but are fourteen points adrift of Argyle. The twist comes in the fact that Saltash have six games in hand on the leaders. Cribbs are placed in mid-table of the Western Premier but have gone five league games unbeaten since a reverse at Shepton Mallet in October.
Saltash United - Wellington AFC (a) 3-1, Axminster Town (h) 6-0, Westbury United (h) 2-1, Ivybridge Town (a) 3-1
Cribbs - Shortood United (a) 5-1, Brimscombe & Thrupp (a) 3-2, Newport (IW) (a) 2-0
Bradford Town v Baffins Milton Rovers
Trowbridge Road, BA15 1EX. http://bradfordtownfc.com/getting-here/
If you look at the respective league standings of these two, you would find little to split them at first glance. Both sit just below the main promotion battle in eighth and seventh spot respectively. This is only Rovers' second venture into the Vase. They managed to get to the same stage last season and will be looking to further their run this year. Bradford have shown some real Vase form in recent years and have notched up a run of Fifth Round, Fourth Round, Fourth Round before this season's venture.
Bradford Town - Brockenhurst (a) 4-0
Baffins Milton Rovers - Fairford Town (a) 3-2, New College Swindon (h) 14-1, Bashley (a) 2-1, Bournemouth (h) 3-2
Willand Rovers v Bodmin Town
Silver Street, EX15 2RG. http://www.willandrovers.co.uk/
Willand, as has become the norm for them, are again pushing towards a promotion battle this season. Currently just below the top two they have suffered just a single league defeat so far. Bodmin are seventh in the South West Peninsula Premier but are certainly not out of the running at this stage. Both can boast some Vase success in recent times and can point to a Fifth Round appearance each in the last few seasons.
Willand Rovers - Odd Down (a) 4-1, Tavistock (h) 2-1
Bodmin Town - Camelford (a) 3-3, Camelford (h) 4-0, AFC Stoneham (h) 2-1, Alresford Town (h) 1-0
Cadbury Heath v AFC St Austell
Springfield, BS30 8BX. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/cadburyheathfc/contact/
Another South-West match-up pitching a Western Premier outfit against a South West Peninsula Premier side. Cadbury Heath are probably a lot closer to the bottom of the league than they would want to be. However, a foray into the Vase may be just the tonic they need. St Austell sit sixth in the table and may still have enough in the tank to have a say in the final promotion push. They, quite famously, went all the way to Semi-Final of this competition four years ago, losing out to Glossop 2-1 on aggregate. Heath's best progress was a Quarter-Final defeat to Billericay Town back in the 1975-76 season.
Cadbury Heath - New Milton Town (a) 2-1, Sidmouth Town (h) 5-0, Exmouth Town (a) 4-3
St Austell - Ilfracombe Town (h) 3-1, Wells City (a) 3-2, Plymouth Parkway (h) 6-1, Cheddar (a) 2-1
Hamble Club v Hamworthy United
The Abbey, SO31 4TS. http://www.hcfc.org.uk/contact/
An all Wessex Premier clash between two sides who are only separated by three points in the league. They have not yet met in the league this season, so there are no form pointers to be had there. FA Vase wise, Hamworthy can lay claim to be the more experienced of the two. They have a number of campaigns under their belt and managed a Third Round appearance in 2008-09. However, despite this only being Hamble's second Vase adventure, they did manage to make it all the way to the Fifth Round last season, eventually falling to Windsor.
Hamble Club - Almondsbury (a) 2-1
Hamworthy United - Amesbury Town (h) 3-0, Fawley (h) 3-1, Shaftesbury (a) 2-1, Falmouth Town (h) 3-1
Sholing v Pagham
Universal Stadium, SO19 9PW. http://www.sholingfc.co.uk/index.php/contact-us/how-to-find-us
Sholing are having a superb season in the Wessex Premier so far. They lead the division by seven points, have a 100% league record and have a game in hand on their closest rivals. This will be no walk in the park, however. Pagham currently sit fourth in the Southern Combination Premier, have lost just once all season (although that defeat did come this weekend) and average two goals a game on their travels. A win for Pagham will equal their best ever Vase run, set in the 1980-81 season. Sholing are, of course, the only side remaining in the competition who can say that they have been there, done that, after beating West Auckland Town 1-0 in the 2013-14 season.
Sholing - Torpoint Athletic (a) 1-0, Malmesbury Victoria (h) 5-1
Pagham - Hanworth Villa (a) 4-2, Peacehaven & Telscombe (h) 4-1
Now the (semi) scientific bit. Some Vase statistics so far:
Most games played: 5 - Sporting Khalsa, Silsden
Most Home games played: 4 - Southall
Most Away games played: 4 - Ilkeston Town
Highest number of goals scored: 22 - Baffins Milton Rovers (Leverstock Green the only other team to break 20 with 21 so far)
Fewest goals conceded (more than 1 match played): 0 - Ilkeston Town, Northwich Victoria
Average goals scored/game (more than 1 match played): 5.50 - Baffins Milton Rovers
Biggest Winning margin: Baffins Milton Rovers 14 New College Swindon 1
Quirky Fact: Leighton Town have progressed to Round Three without scoring a goal and ahave a goal difference of -2 after Cogenhoe were thrown out and Leighton re-instated.
And finally the very much non-scientific bit. Not so much a prediction but let's just say BotP would not be surprised to see one of these names on the Vase come May:
- Ilkeston Town
- Stockton Town
- Walsall Wood
- Tring Athletic