Following Morpeth Town's (the current holders) exit from the competition on Wednesday evening against South Shields there will now be a new name on the famous FA Vase this season. The tie between the two Northern League Division One teams will be talked about by fans from both sides for years to come. The initial game played on Saturday afternoon at South Shield's Mariners Park saw Morpeth Town 2-4 up with only nine minutes left to play only for the floodlights to fail - South Shield's ex Premier League player Julio Arca had been red carded earlier in the game. South Shields have issued a club statement about the incident detailing the lights went out due to a catastrophic failure of the diesel generator that provides power for the floodlights totally independent of the all the other lighting within the ground and local area. Attempts were made to restart it which included a suitably qualified Morpeth supporter but to no avail so the match was officially abandoned at around 5.30pm. The club submitted a report to The Football Association with an independent report from a qualified electrical contractor together with photographic evidence which has resulted in the club being exonerated from any fault on it's part and nothing untoward found.
The re-arranged match was switched to Morpeth's Craik Park with the visitor's running out 0-4 winners through braces from David Foley and Gavin Cogdan.
BUILDBASE FA VASE
FIFTH ROUND PROPER
SATURDAY 28th JANUARY
Cleethorpes Town v Atherton Collieries
The table toppers of the Toolstation Northern Counties League Premier Division v currently third in the Hallmark Security North West Counties League shows this a cracking game in prospect. It's been a fortress at The Bradley Football Development Centre for The Owls this season - They have played thirteen league games winning twelve and drawing one - they have also beaten Bootle (who currently top Atherton's league) at home in the Third Round of the Vase. The away side will be no push overs and will be in a confident mood following their 1-4 away victory at Northern League Shildon in the last round.
Bromsgrove Sporting v Bristol MF / Melksham
The Midland League Division One side may play at Step Six of the non-league ladder but they are at least a Step Three/Four side in the making with the crowds they have been attracting this season. They comfortably won at Sun Sports in the last round and have an excellent home record - they are unbeaten at home in league games. The two Toolstation Western League side's replay this weekend after a 1-1 draw last Saturday.
Crowborough Athletic v Coleshill Town
Both big winner's in the last round - Crowborough won 6-0 at home to Eastbourne Town with Coleshill winning 0-3 at Thurlow Nunn League side Gorleston. The Crows are currently on an amazing run of form - they haven't lost since Saturday 3rd September when AFC Croydon Athletic won 1-2 at The Crowborough Community Stadium. Since then their form reads WWDWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWDWWWDWWWWW.
Hinckley AFC v Buckland Athletic
Another Midland League side in Division One Hinckley AFC (comfortable 5-0 winner's over Berkhamsted in the last round) entertain Toolstation Western League side Buckland Athletic (1-3 winner's at Chichester City). 309 saw Hinckley's game versus Berkhamsted so this should also be a very well attended game.
Newport Pagnell Town v Sunderland RCA
The Swans 3-2 win over Peterborough Sports in the last round was a real upset. The tie was an all ChromaSport United Counties Premier Division clash pitting mid-table Town versus the table toppers, title favourites and a team many people had tipped for a possible Wembley appearance in the final. Northern League Division One side Sunderland RCA (standing for Ryhope Community Association) reached the same Fifth Round stage last season going out to a home 2-3 defeat to Bristol Manor Farm. Can they go at least one better this season?
Ely City v Sporting Khalsa
The Robins had a memorable victory at Welwyn Garden City in the Third Round in a game many people expected them to lose. They followed this up with 3-0 home victory over Shepshed Charterhouse in the last round which sees them into the Fifth Round for the first time in their history. Sporting Khalsa are yet another Midland League side left in the competition (they are fifth in the Premier Division) and it's also their best performance in the competition. City are currently 17th in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division - they have reserved their best form for The Vase this season.
Team Solent v South Shields
Following their midweek win South Shields are now the 9/4 clear favourites to lift The Vase with all other sides at least 8/1 or more. Team Solent won 3-0 against Croydon in the last round and will be relishing wecloming The Mariners to The Test Park Sports Ground in what is probably the biggest game in their short history since formation in 2005.
SUNDAY 29th JANUARY
Southall v Exmouth Town
Likely to be a well attended game being played at Reynolds Field on Sunday as Southall's landlords Hanwell Town have a league on the Saturday. The Middlesex side won an amazing game at Bradford Town in the last round scoring an equaliser in added time to make it 2-2 after going down 2-1 just moments before - they scored two more in extra-time to cap a memorable day for the club. This game pits two Step six sides together - Southall play in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One with Exmouth in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.
TEAMS LEFT BY LEAGUE
TOOLSTATION NORTHERN COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER (1)
HALLMARK SECURITY NORTH EAST COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER (1)
TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE (2)
BRISTOL MANOR FARM or MELKSHAM TOWN, BUCKLAND ATHLETIC
SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION (1)
MIDLAND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION (2)
COLESHILL TOWN, SPORTING KHALSA
CHROMASPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER (1)
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN
THURLOW NUNN EASTERN COUNTIES PREMIER (1)
EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (2)
SUNDERLAND RCA, SOUTH SHIELDS
WESSEX LEAGUE PREMIER (1)
CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST PENINSULA PREMIER (1)
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (1)
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION (2)
BROMSGROVE SPORTING, HINCKLEY AFC
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SOUTH SHIELDS 7/4
BROMSGROVE SPORTING 8/1
CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC 12/1
ATHERTON COLLERIES 14/1
CLEETHORPES TOWN 14/1
TEAM SOLENT 14/1
All other 16/1 or more