Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Qual. Round preview - Saturday 15th September 2018

Fri 14th September 2018 | FA Challenge Vase
By Patrick Burke

For the second weekend of this month, the Buildbase FA Vase takes centre stage with 35 of our clubs looking to advance into the First Round Proper.

At the very least nine will do so via progression through a tie against a Hallmark Security League compatriot.

Irlam against Burscough is the only all Premier Division affair, with the hosts looking to build on their Emirates FA Cup exploits which have put them in the Second Qualifying Round.

They drew 3-3 with leaders Silsden in the week – only denied three points at the death – which moved them up to 11th.

The visitors are just behind in 13th after a morale-boosting 4-0 victory over Winsford United, although they did lose 2-1 on their own patch against Irlam at the start of September.

There are two Premier Division against First Division North ties: in a decent-looking match-up, Padiham sit 8th in our top tier and entertain Prestwich Heys, 11th in their table.

Similarly Litherland REMYCA will be looking to avoid an upset when they travel to Bacup Borough, with both teams currently 15th in their respective divisions.

Division One North leaders Avro will hope to bounce back from last Saturday’s setback against Lower Breck when they host Barnton in their first ever game in this competition. The Villagers are 15th in the First Division South, but come into this one on the back of a 2-0 triumph over Ellesmere Rangers.

AFC Darwen’s flying start in the First Division North continued in the week as they beat Atherton LR 1-0 to remain 4th. They beat Saturday’s visitors Garstang 2-1 at the end of August in the league, so will hope for the same outcome against a side sitting 9th in the same division.

Cheadle Town are 5th in the First Division South and welcome a Vauxhall Motors side lying just a place above them.

It’s been all or nothing from the hosts of late: they won 6-1 at Atherton LR in the First Division Cup last weekend before losing 7-0 against Sandbach in the league on Wednesday.

They will hope for more of the former against Mick McGraa’s Motormen, who come into this one on the back of four straight victories, including a fine 3-1 triumph at Longridge Town in the last round. The sides drew 1-1 in this fixture last month.

It’s five wins from six for Lower Breck going into their contest at home to Stockport Town. The hosts eliminated West Didsbury & Chorlton in the last round, and sit 6th in the North whilst the Lions are 19th in the South.

Sandbach United are 13th in the South, but have scored 18 goals and conceded just one in their last three games – against two sides at the top end of the table and a higher-ranked Athersley Recreation in this competition.

It looks an unenviable task for United’s hosts Atherton LR as they seek to arrest a run of five straight defeats which has them drop to second-bottom in the North.

Cammell Laird 1907 and Shelley recorded excellent wins in midweek against FC Oswestry Town and Chadderton respectively, so both will be relishing Saturday’s tie at Kirklands.

The teams sit 18th in the South and 13th in the North, and the visitors knocked out NCEL Premier Division opposition in the form of Penistone Church in the last round, whilst Lairds beat Harworth Colliery.

As is the norm in the Vase, we have nine teams pitted against Northern Counties East League counterparts, with each of the games looking finely balanced.

On Saturday, Ashton Town, 16th in the First Division North, play for the first time since last round’s victory over St Helens Town as they travel to Barton Town. The hosts conquered AFC Liverpool in the First Qualifying Round and are 2nd in the NCEL Premier Division, but the visitors have nothing to lose.

Carlisle City can also look forward to the prospect of an away day at Thackley, who compete in a tier higher.

The hosts are 14th in their Premier Division, whilst a superb start has James Tose’s City in 2nd place in the First Division North, so the Sky Blues may fancy their chances in this one.

Elsewhere, AFC Blackpool are 7th in the First Division North and knocked out then-leaders of the NCEL Division One Nostell Miners Welfare in the last round.

They are up against another side from that division as they travel to Swallownest, who are 14th but saw off Abbey Hey two weeks ago.

Staveley Miners Welfare of the NCEL’s upper division have won six of their last seven – including a stunning FA Cup success at Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Basford United last week – and they welcome Maine Road on Saturday.

Calum Sykes’ men are 17th in our First Division South, but will hope for a repeat performance of their recent 5-1 triumph against Cheadle Town.

Winsford United are third from bottom ahead of the visit of a Worksop Town side who are 5th in their league in an all-step 5 clash, and Bootle will hope to gain a measure of revenge for last season’s FA Cup defeat when Hallam (10th in the NCEL First Division) arrive at the TDP Solicitors Stadium.

We have three Premier Division sides in action on Sunday, with two facing opposition from the same step. Our Premier Division leaders Silsden travel to an Albion Sports team sitting 17th in their league, whilst the NCEL table toppers Maltby Main are away at Northwich Victoria, who are 5th.

And additionally, Squires Gate are 6th in our Premier Division, but face an awkward-looking trip to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, who are 3rd in the NCEL First Division.

Five clubs face Northern League opposition, starting with a step 5 battle as Charnock Richard travel up the M6 to Penrith.

The hosts are second from bottom in their standings, so 9th placed Charnock will hope to build on their victory at Alnwick Town in the previous round.

Guisborough Town and Barnoldswick Town will also be level on the pyramid when they meet in the North East.

Matt Barnes’ Barlick progressed at Goole in the last round as part of their current run of four straight wins, whilst their hosts are 13th in their league but thrashed Stokesley SC 9-0 in the last round and recently drew 3-3 with pacesetters Hebburn Town.

Daisy Hill are 18th in the First Division North, but fared well in this competition as they beat Whitehaven 5-2 a fortnight back. Their reward for that is a home tie against Seaham Red Star, who are 14th in the Northern League First Division (a tier above Daisy).

Two other Division One North outfits are up against Northern League Second Division sides: Steeton are 8th and seeking a first victory in four as they travel to 6th placed Northallerton Town in what looks a tough one to call.

After taking a respectable point at Prestwich on Tuesday, 16th placed Nelson hope to build on that at home to Tow Law Town, who are 11th but winless in their last five.

We move further south for the final three ties.

Whitchurch Alport are still awaiting their first league victory after promotion to the Premier Division, but will hope to follow up their 3-2 triumph at Abbey Hulton United in the last round when they entertain Shepshed Dynamo. The Midland League Premier Division visitors are 16th in their table.

Stone Old Alleynians also face opposition from that league in the form of Sporting Khalsa. It has the makings of a classic cup tie, with the hosts unbeaten in all competitions and 10th in our First Division South, whilst their opponents sit 7th and beat Coventry Sphinx via a replay in the previous stage of the Vase.

And last but not least, Hanley Town will be the higher-ranked side as they look to halt a three-match losing run at Dudley Town. The home side are 13th in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division.

An extensive couple of days of action in the Vase – good luck to all of our sides competing!


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