Monday, 3 November 2014


***UPDATED Wednesday 5th November 2014***

The First Round ties in the FA Vase have been played over the weekend (and replays in midweek) with now just ten Spartan South Midlands League and only Hullbridge Sports left representing the Essex Senior League. 

Essex Senior side's Enfield 1893 FC (Lost 0-4 at home to Tring Athletic), Eton Manor (Lost 0-1 at home to St Margaretsbuty), Tower Hamlets (lost 4-1 at Oxhey Jets), Waltham Forest (Lost 1-2 at home to Step 6 Great Yarmouth Town) and Bowers & Pitsea (Lost 3-2 at Wembley) were all eliminated from the competition on Saturday. Haringey Borough went out in a midweek replay at Northampton Spencer after a 1-1 at Coles Park on Saturday. They lost 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw with the United Counties League Division One side.

Spartan sides Berkhamsted (Lost 0-3 at Kings Langley), Hertford Town (Lost 4-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at home to Stanway Rovers), Cockfosters (Lost 1-0 away at Ipswich Wanderers), Baldock Town (Lost 2-1 at London Colney), Stotfold (Lost 1-0 at Peterborough Northern Star), Harefield United (Lost 3-1 at Sun Sports) and Welwyn Garden City all left the competition. The Citizens lost 1-2 at home after extra time to United Counties League Division One side Peterborough Sports in a game which saw five red cards. The home side finished with eight men and the visitors ended up with nine. Winger Dan Clements scored both the goals for Sports. He has made some impressive performances this season for Sports, who have him signed on a contract, so he is thought of very highly by his club.  Holmer Green were well beaten 7-0 in their midweek replay at Ascot United.

Clement's goals sets up a real local derby in the next round with a home game against Peterborough Northern Star who are one of his former sides. The games sees current 2nd placed in the United Counties League Division One (Sports) v 4th in the Premier Division (Northern Star). It's around one and half miles between grounds for the local rivals so the game will attract a larger than usual crowd. Sports were promoted from the Peterborough and District League in 2013 having been members since 1932 with Northern Star moving up the UCL from the P&D league in 2003.  Up until 2005 Northern Star were known as "Eye United" with Sports known as "Brotherhoods Engineering Works" up until 1999 when they changed their name to "Bearings Direct" and then finally Peterborough Sports in 2001.

Peterborough United are at home to Swindon Town on the same day in a League One clash - will we see for once the Town's other sides maybe grabbing the headlines with this Peterborough Derby game? 

Hullbridge Sports enter the competition at the Second Round stage and have drawn AFC Rushden and Diamonds who are currently top of the United Counties Premier Division. The game is bound to see Lower Road's biggest crowd of the season as Diamonds have a large away following. Their FA Cup game earlier in the season at Hendon drew an attendance of 424.  

FA Vase Second Round games
featuring Essex Senior League and Spartan South Midlands League sides 
to be played on Saturday 22nd November 2014 - winners receive £1200 
AFC Dunstable v Colney Heath
Ampthill Town v Tring Athletic
Deeping Rangers v Oxhey Jets
Saffron Walden Town v Kings Langley
St Margaretsbury v Ipswich Wanderers
Sun Sports v Stanway Rovers
Wembley v Brantham Athletic
Hullbridge Sports v AFC Rushden and Diamonds 

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