Facts and Figures
- West Auckland Town are the only team who have not yet conceded a goal in the competition. This is all the more remarkable when you consider that they are also the only team to have played all of the games (4) away from home. West have finally got a home draw in the Quarter-Final
- Both Chertsey Town (3 games) and Sholing (2 games) have yet to concede a goal on the road. Both have been drawn away from home in the Quarter-Final
- Northwich Victoria have yet to concede on the own ground (4 games). They have been drawn at home in the Quarter-Final
- Chertsey Town are now the competition's top scorers with 25 goals in their 7 games. They also share the largest total goal tally (28) in their matches along with Cray Valley PM.
- West Auckland fans have only seen a total of 6 goals in their team's matches so far. Of course, the consolation here is that all 6 have been scored by their team.
Saturday 23 February
West Auckland Town v Chertsey Town. Chertsey came through a tough trip to Irlam last weekend and their 'reward' is a 268 mile trip to the North-East to face the competition favourites. It's not going to be an easy task for The Curfews. West Auckland, still to concede a goal in the competition, are drawn at home for the first time. They have, of course, reached the Final twice before, losing on both occasions and will, no doubt, be hoping that this is finally going to be their year. So far their games have followed a pattern of 1-0, 2-0, 1-0, 2-0. Chertsey will want to break that sequence and will certainly not make it easy for them. BotP saw them at home to Badshot Lea last week and, despite being a goal down and not playing anywhere near their best, they somehow ground out a 2-1 to go back to the top of the Combined Counties Premier. That sort of grit could serve them well in the Vase, but BotP is going to have to go with home advantage on this one.
BotP Pick - West Auckland Town
The story so far:
West Auckland Town - Thackley (a) 1-0, Avro (a) 2-0, Sunderland RCA (a) 1-0, Hebburn Town (a) 2-0
Chertsey Town - Woodley United (h) 4-2, Tadley Calleva (a) 1-0, Flackwell Heath (h) 6-1, Horndean (h) 2-0, Redbridge (a) 5-0, AFC St Austell (h) 5-0, Irlam (a) 2-0
Wanted Stadium, DL14 9AQ. http://www.northernfootballleague.org/team/west-auckland-town/
Willand Rovers v Cray Valley PM. Two sides who are both on the hunt for promotion this season. Willand hold a six point lead in the Western Premier whilst Cray are third in the Southern Counties East Premier, with at least one game in hand on teams above them. Both had very good wins in the Fifth Round. Cray Valley putting out Combined Counties side Abbey Rangers by 3-1 whilst Willand saw off Deeping Rangers 3-2 in front of a huge crown f over 750. Cray are the second highest scorers left in the competition averaging almost 4 per game so far. Willand though have only conceded 3 goals in their 4 Vase home games as well as only 9 in 13 home league games this season. It may be close to a 400 mile round trip for PM but they are good travellers as shown by their away league record of only 10 wins and only 1 defeat in 12 games this season. Its going to be a tight game but BotP, again, is going to err on the side of the home team.
BotP Pick - Willand Rovers
The story so far:
Willand Rovers - Odd Down (a) 4-1, Tavistock (h) 2-1, Bodmin Town (h) 3-0, Hamworthy United (h) 1-0, Deeping Rangers (h) 3-2
Cray Valley PM - Sutton Athletic (a) 2-1, Hailsham Town (h) 2-0, St Panteleimon (a) 3-1, Badshot Lea (h) 7-0, Sheppey United (a) 4-0, Baffins Milton Rovers (h) 3-1, Abbey Rangers (h) 3-1
Silver Street, EX15 2RG. http://www.willandrovers.co.uk/
Northwich Victoria v Sholing. Vics arguably pulled off the shock of Round 5 by beating much fancied Histon 3-1 on their own patch. They will again prove tough opposition for visitors Sholing - the only remaining previous winners of the competition - especially as the game will be played at home, where Vics have yet to concede a goal in the FA Vase. The Boatmen, however, are cruising at the top of the Wessex Premier League and are sure to have their sights set on a promotion and Vase double this season. Its a long journey for Sholing, at 213 miles the second longest trip of the Quarter-Finals but worth every minute on the road if they could get a result.
This, as with all four games, is a very difficult one to predict. No-one really gave Victoria a chance at Histon but they pulled it off. Sholing are probably favourites, especially with their unbeaten league record, but here at BotP we are going to go for a narrow home win.
BotP Pick - Northwich Victoria
The story so far:
Northwich Victoria - Maltby Main (h) 2-0, Cammell Laird (h) 5-0, Prestwich Heys (a) 0-0, Prestwich Heys (h) 1-0, Silsden (h) 3-0, Newcastle Benfield (a) 3-2, Histon (a) 3-1
Sholing - Torpoint Athletic (a) 1-0, Malmesbury Victoria (h) 5-1, Pagham (h) 6-2, Cribbs (a) 2-0, Sporting Khalsa (h) 3-1
Wincham Park (Witton Albion FC), CW9 6DA. http://www.northwichvictoriafc.com/contact/
Playing Sunday 24 February
Canterbury City v Biggleswade. Biggleswade, who thumped Windsor 6-1 in the Fifth Round, have been handed the shortest away trip for the Quarter-Final, just a mere 102 miles to Faversham where Canterbury currently play their home games. Its been a hectic few years for Biggleswade. Since forming from Biggleswade Town's youth squad in 2016 they have managed to win the SSML Division One title in their first season and now find themseleves not only in an FA Vase Quarter-Final but also possible favourites for another promotion, this time into Step 4. Canterbury have just suffered the disappointment of the City council turning down their plans for a new stadium and may well look to use this setback as fuel to their Vase run. They have won their last 2 league outings but the season has been a little inconsistent apart from their form in the Vase. Current form and confidence may well be enough for Biggleswade to progress in this one, our only away win prediction of the round.
BotP Pick - Biggleswade
The story so far:
Canterbury City - Langney Wanderers (a) 2-0, AFC Varndeanians (a) 2-0, Saltdean United (h) 2-1, Corinthian (a) 4-2 (aet), Southall (h) 1-0 (aet), Newport Pagnell Town (h) 3-2, Leicester Nirvana (h) 2-1
Biggleswade - Norwich CBS (h) 3-1, Tring Athletic (a) 1-1, Tring Athletic (hR) 0-0 (5-3p), Stowmarket Town (h) 1-0, Windsor (h) 6-1
Salters Lane (Faversham Town FC), ME13 0DL. http://www.canterburycityfc.net/contact/