Shildon v Atherton Collieries
The current Champions of the EBAC Northern League Division One take on the Hallmark Security North West Counties League Premier Division side who won 0-3 at Penrith in the last round who also play in the EBAC Northern League Division One. Shildon (currently 4th in their table) won 1-2 at current table topper's North Shields (Vase winner's in 2015) on Saturday in front of a good crowd of 427 people.
SHILDON BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2012/13 SEMI-FINAL - LOST TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS.
ATHERTON COLLIERIES BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1992/93 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO BRIDGNORTH TOWN
2015/16 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO NEWTON AYCLIFFE
Billingham Town v Cleethorpes Town
Billingam Town are one of only five step six sides left in the competition. They play in the EBAC Northern League Division Two and won 1-2 at Bottesford Town in the last round. Cleethorpes Town are a step five side playing in The Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division where they are currently top of the table and have only lost one league so far this season. A good bit of trivia is their current home is actually in nearby Grimsby as they ground-share with Grimsby Borough and Football League side Grimsby Town's Blundell Park home is in Cleethorpes. The Owls have only entered in the Vase since 2013 when they moved up to the NCEL D1 from the Lincolnshire League.
BILLINGHAM TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1997/98 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO SPALDING UNITED
CLEETHORPES TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO KIDLINGTON
AFC Mansfield v Sunderland RCA
Like the above game this pits another EBAC Northern League team against a side from the NCEL Premier Division. AFC Mansfield were only formed is 2012 by a group of three former directors of Mansfield Town - They were promoted to their current level after finishing second in the NCEL D1 last season. Sunderland RCA are currently in thirteenth place of the Northern League D1 and achieved a brilliant victory over 2012 winner's Dunston UTS in the last round.
AFC MANSFIELD BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO TADCASTER ALBION
SUNDERLAND RCA BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO BRISTOL MANOR FARM
Above - Highlights of South Shields victory over Staveley MW in the last round. Courtesy of South Shields FC
South Shields v Morpeth Town
One of the ties of the round between two of the biggest teams left in the competition. Morpeth Town are the current holders of the Vase having famously beaten Hereford FC in last season's final. Both are members of the EBAC Northern League Division One and are currently in second and third place behind North Shields so are real title contenders alongside fourth placed Shildon. South Shields won 0-4 at Morpeth Town in a league fixture back on Saturday 15th October but in a one off Vase game in front of a massive crowd at Mariners Park anything could happen. A crowd of 808 saw South Shields victory over Staveley MW on Saturday and earlier in the season 2,651 saw their league local derby with North Shields.
SOUTH SHIELDS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1975/76 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO FRIAR LANE OLD BOYS
MORPETH TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 WINNERS - BEAT HEREFORD FC 4-1 AT WEMBLEY
Gorleston or Basildon United v Coleshill Town
The match between Gorleston and Basildon United were abandoned late on as tragically a spectator fell ill and despite the very best efforts of the two club's medical staff alongside ambulance staff the man sadly passed away. A new date has yet to be announced as everyone's thoughts and prayers are with the club and the man's friends and family.
Gorleston are currently in sixth place of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and have yet to be defeated in fourteen league games played. Basildon United are in eighth place of the Essex Senior League. Coleshill Town (currently 4th in the Midland Football League Premier Division) beat fellow Midland League side and FA Cup headline maker's Westfields 4-1 in the last round in front of just 87 people at Pack Meadow. For Westfields their FA Cup game at home to Curzon Ashton on Saturday 5th November in front of 1,178 must of seemed a distant memory. The fans of Coleshill will have been pleased at Dunston UTS exiting the competition on Saturday as on the only two previous occasions when Dunston have reached the Fourth Round the Northern League side have defeated them.
GORLESTON BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2002/03 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO BRIDLINGTON TOWN
BASILDON UNITED BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1980/81 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO IRTHLINGBOROUGH DIAMONDS
1994/95 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO RAUNDS TOWN
COLESHILL TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2013/14 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO DUNSTON UTS
2015/16 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO DUNSTON UTS
Sun Sports v Bromsgrove Sporting
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Sun Sports are on their best ever FA Vase run - they reached the second round back in 2014/15 when they were beaten by Stanway Rovers. They face Step six side Bromsgrove Sporting who had an excellent 0-2 win at Nuneaton Griff in the last round on Saturday. Sporting, were technically formed in 2009 after a supporter's consortium's plan to buy financially troubled Bromsgrove Rovers and taken them out of administration didn't work out and another buyer was found for the club they formed Sporting instead. In June 2010 they were offered the lease to The Victoria Ground where Rovers had played and in August 2010 Rovers were suspended from the Southern League and dissolved. Sporting are having a brilliant season so far and are unbeaten in their league fixtures with only two defeats in Cup competitions against Ruby Town in the Emirates FA Cup and Sporting Khalsa in the Midland League Cup. Their form reads - WWWLWDWWWLWWWWDWWDWDWDWW so they will be formidable opponent for Sun Sports who are currently in ninth placed in the SSMFL Premier Division.
Sporting should bring a good number of travelling fans to Bellmountwood Avenue - 747 saw their last home FA Vase game against Lichfield City and 506 saw their last home league game against Stafford Town.
SUN SPORTS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/14 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO STANWAY ROVERS
BROMSGROVE SPORTING BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO THURNBY NIRVANA
Newport Pagnell Town v Peterborough Sports
Peterborough Sports are top of the United Counties League Premier Division and have scored an incredible eighty-two goals in just twenty-one league games so far. Add to this the eighteen goals they have scored in their four FA Vase games so far and it's clear to see Newport Pagnell Town's defence is in for a busy day. The Turbines 0-4 victory at Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Wembley was very impressive against the North London side who had been in great form also. Josh Moreman got two of the goals who joined them from Step four side Spalding United in February along with Mark Jones (joined from Boston United) and Avelino Vieira who has also played for St Ives Town and Corby Town. Both sides will be well known to each other as both play in the United Counties League Premier Division. Newport Pagnell Town are currently in seventh place of the table - they played in the league at Peterborough on Saturday 17th September which Sports won 3-1. The Swans recorded a fantastic 3-1 victory over SSMFL Premier Division table topper's London Colney in the last round so will be no push overs.
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2011/12 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO ASHINGTON
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 SECOND ROUND - LOST TO PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR
Sporting Khalsa or Sleaford Town v FC Romania or Tring Athletic
A real either of tie in this one. Sporting Khalsa were so close to exiting the competition on Saturday in a quite amazing game against Sleaford Town. They were 2-3 down going into injury time and down to ten men only for Captain Tesfa Robinson to score an equaliser. They took the lead twice in extra-time only for Sleaford to peg them back with the final score being 5-5 AET.
FC Romania and Tring Athletic played out a more sedate 1-1 draw on Saturday.
SPORTING KHALSA BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO SHIREBROOK TOWN
SLEAFORD TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO SUNDERLAND RCA
FC ROMANIA BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO CHERTSY TOWN
TRING ATHLETIC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE*
2013/14 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO ASHFORD UNITED
2014/15 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO NORWICH UNITED
* Tring Town reached the fifth round in 1976/77 where they lost to Farnborough Town
Above - The Cold End's highlights of Ely City's victory at Welwyn Garden City
Ely City v Shepshed Dynamo
Two teams who have reserved their best from for the Vase this season as Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Ely City take on Midland Premier Division Shepshed Dynamo. Ely City are in nineteenth place of their division with Dynamo in ninth place. The Robins showed how brilliant they can be in their game against Welwyn GC on Saturday and in midfielder/winger Kelvin Enaro they have a real player who with one piece of skill could change the game.
ELY CITY BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2012/13 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO SPALDING UNITED
SHEPSHED DYNAMO BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1978/79 SEMI-FINAL - LOST TO BILLERICY TOWN*
*as Shepshed Charterhouse
Above - Highlights of Hinckley's Third Round victory over Quorn. Courtesy of Hinckley AFC
Hinckley AFC v Berkhamsted
Step 6 v Step 5 as the Midland League is represented once more this time by Hinckley AFC whom were founded in 2014 following the demise of Hinckley United who had been long term members of the Conference South prior to relegation to the Southern Premier in 2013/14. Hinckley are in fourth place of Division One just below Bromsgrove Sporting with Berkhamsted currently in sixth place of the SSMFL Premier Division. The Comrades are another side to have formed after another club folded when Berkhamsted Town came to an end in 2009. They had a fantastic run in the competition last season reaching the fifth round before losing to the eventual winner's Morpeth Town.
HINCKLEY AFC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO LONG EATON UNITED
BERKHAMSTED BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO MORPETH TOWN*
* Berkhamsted Town got to the final in 2000/01 where they lost to Taunton Town
Bradford Town v Southall
Toolstation Western Premier v Spartan South Midlands League Division One or Step 5 v Step 6 on the non-league ladder. Bradford are currently in sixth place of their division with Southall in ninth place in theirs. Town's Manager Danny Greaves is in his first season with the club - the fans will be very pleased with his work so far. This is the Middlesex club's best performance in the Vase since their historic run to the final over 30 years ago.
BRADFORD TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO HIGHWORTH TOWN
SOUTHALL BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1985/86 RUNNERS UP - LOST TO HALESOWEN TOWN
Bristol Manor Farm v Melksham Town
An all Toolstation Western League Premier Division tie as current table topper's Bristol Manor Farm welcome third placed Melksham Town. 97 people saw Manor Farm beat Melksham Town in the league on Saturday 27th August - their will be a bigger crowd at this game. Manor Farm reached the Quarter-Final last season where they lost to the eventual winner's Morpeth Town - they reached the Fifth Round in 1983/84 where they lost to eventual winner's Stansted. Melksham have only got to the Fourth Round once in their history where they lost to another Western League side in Bradford Town.
BRISTOL MANOR FARM BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 QUARTER FINAL - LOST TO MORPETH TOWN
MELKSHAM TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 FOURTH ROAD - LOST TO BRADFORD TOWN
Chichester City v Buckland Athletic
Buckland Athletic are another Western League Premier club represented - they are currently in fourth place as are Chichester City in their Southern Combination Premier Division. City are in great form having lost only one league game all season so far which came against league leader's Shoreham.
BUCKLAND ATHLETIC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2014/15 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO BODMIN TOWN
2015/16 THIRD ROUND - LOST TO BRADFORD TOWN
CHICHESTER CITY BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1995/96 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO THAMESMEAD TOWN
Team Solent v Croydon
Team Solent were only formed in 2005 and is attached to Southampton Solent University. They won the Hampshire Premier League in 2008 and were runner's up in 2010 and 2011 with earned them promotion to the Wessex League Division One which they won in 2015 and were promoted to the Premier Division where they finished in seventh place last season. Croydon from the Southern Counties East League Premier will visit their Test Park ground which is on the outskirts of Southampton. The Trams are another side to reserve their best form for the Vase as they are currently in twelfth place of their table - Team Solent are in sixth place of their division. Croydon will be hoping it's third time lucky at the Fourth Round stage as they have lost at this stage twice before which is their best Vase performance.
TEAM SOLENT BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO CADBURY HEATH
CROYDON BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1994/95 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO OXFORD CITY
2008/09 FOURTH ROUND - LOST TO BIGGLESWADE TOWN
|ACTION FROM SUTTON COMMON ROVERS V CORINTHIAN ON SUNDAY - PICTURES COURTESY OF @official_scrfc|
Corinthian, based in Hartley, Kent, have a long trip down to Exmouth for their Fourth Round tie. They are just above Croydon in the SCEL Premier Division and had a fantastic 1-4 away win at Sutton Common Rovers in the last round played on Sunday. Exmouth Town play in the Step 6 Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division and are currently in eighth place. Their run will evoke many memories of 1985 when they reached the semi-final and won the 1st leg 3-2 against Fleetwood Town before narrowly losing the 2nd leg 2-0. Corinthian have only got beyond the Fourth Round once in 87/88 when their run ended in the fifth round at Clevedon Town.
EXMOUTH TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1984/85 SEMI-FINAL - LOST TO FLEETWOOD TOWN
CORINTHIAN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1987/88 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO CLEVEDON TOWN
|COMING SOON TO EITHER CROWBOROUGH OR BEDFONT - THE EASTBOURNE TOWN ULTRAS|
The Crows are one of the form sides in the country. Their 2-2 draw with Bedfont Sports on Saturday ended an amazing winning run of sixteen games and were unbeaten in twenty. Bedfont Sports will be very pleased at the 2-2 draw as they were missing three key players including their usual keeper Terry Buss and Captain Billy Jeffries - they were 2-1 down at half time and also went down to nine men after fifteen minutes of extra-time as they had already made three substitutes and had had a man sent off in normal time. Bedfont (eleventh in the Combined Counties Premier) will welcome The Crows for the replay on Wednesday evening at the Bedfont Sports Recreation Ground. Eastbourne Town will bring with them their noisy fans (known as The Beachy Head Ultras and the Eastbourne Town Ultras) whoever they play - they won 1-2 at Combined Counties Premier Abbey Rangers in the last round.
CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2007/08 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO KIRKHAM & WESHAM
BEDFONT SPORTS BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
2011/12 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO HANWORTH VILLA
2014/15 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO HORSHAM YMCA
2015/16 FIRST ROUND - LOST TO CARTERTON
EASTBOURNE TOWN BEST VASE PERFORMANCE
1975/76 FIFTH ROUND - LOST TO BARTON ROVERS
BUILDBASE FA VASE BETTING
available at betvictor bookmakers
SOUTH SHIELDS 3/1
MORPETH TOWN 8/1
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS 12/1
TEAM SOLENT 12/1
BILLINGHAM TOWN 20/1
CLEETHORPES TOWN 20/1
* All others available at 25/1 or over down to Eastbourne Town at 66/1
TEAMS LEFT BY LEAGUE
* denotes subject to replay or rearranged match
NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
SHILDON, SUNDERLAND RCA, SOUTH SHIELDS, MORPETH TOWN
NORTH WEST COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
NORTH EAST COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
CLEETHORPES TOWN, AFC MANSFIELD
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER
GORLESTON*, ELY CITY
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
BASILDON UNITED*, FC ROMANIA*
MIDLAND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
COLESHILL TOWN, SPORTING KHALSA*, SHEPSHED DYNAMO
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER
SUN SPORTS, BERKHAMSTED, TRING ATHLETIC*
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS, NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN, SLEAFORD TOWN*
WESTERN LEAGUE PREMIER
BRADFORD TOWN, BRISTOL MANOR FARM, BUCKLAND ATHLETIC, MELKSHAM TOWN
SOUTHERN COMBINATION PREMIER
EASTBOURNE TOWN, CHICHESTER CITY
SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST PREMIER
CORINTHIAN, CROYDON, CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC*
COMBINED COUNTIES PREMIER
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
HINCKLEY AFC, BROMSGROVE SPORTING
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
SOUTH WEST PENINSULAR PREMIER