5 UCL Clubs in third round of the FA Vase
As the third round of the FA Vase takes place this weekend, we previewed the 5 games with UCL clubs flying the flag with the prospect of playing at Wembley. Firstly we take a look at Desborough, who beat Pinxton in an 11-goal thriller to progress to this stage of the competition.
Desborough come off the back of a thrilling 7-4 victory in the previous round, having been 4-1 down early in the second half, they showed great character to score 3 goals late in the game to take it to extra time. They then flourished with 3 goals in extra time to win the game 7-4. Having won their last 2 matches and being undefeated in 3, Desborough go into the Vase game on good form. Their opponents (Eastwood Community) go into the game in impressive form themselves, having won their last 15 matches, including a 2-0 win away at Leicester Nirvana. Eastwood CFC play in the Central Midlands League South Division (Step 7), and are currently third with 8 wins from 9 games. With Eastwood in such good form it could prove to be a tricky test for Desborough, however Desborough’s home advantage and moral boosting win in the previous round could play a part if they are to progress to the next round.
Cogenhoe United face Great Wakering Rovers from the Essex Senior Premier Division (Step 5). They currently stand third in their league having won 14 of their 19 matches so far this season. They’ve won 8 out of their last 10, however they lost their most recent game 3-2 at home to Hulbridge Sports FC. With over a 100 mile trip for Cogenhoe, they’ll be hoping to come back with something. They head into the match in good form, having won 3 out of their last 4 matches, including an impressive 6-0 win at home to Peterborough Northern Star and a 4-0 win away at Harborough Town. Having beat London Colney over 2 legs in the first round, they then received an away walkover against Sun Sports to see them progress into this weekend’s third round, and they’ll be looking to progress once again this weekend.
Desborough weren’t the only team to win dramatically in the second round. After being 3-1 down at half time away to Godmanchester Rovers, the odds were stacked against them, but 3 second half goals including a 94th minute strike by Scott Mooney clinched a win to progress them to the third round. Scott Coupland has been Deeping’s top scorer so far this season, and with 25 goals in all competitions they will certainly be hoping he can strike again this weekend. Deeping currently sit 4th in the league with games in hand on the teams above them, as well as winning 4 of their last 6 matches, Deeping can go into the game feeling confident. Their opponents- Hinckley AFC. They play in the Midland Football League Division 1 (Step 6), and have won all 5 games they have played in November, including a 2-0 win over AFC Mansfield in the previous round thanks to a Luke Richards brace, as well as only having conceded only 3 goals in the process. They currently sit 5th in the league, and can feel optimistic going into this game on recent form.
Wisbech Town face an away trip to Racing Club Warwick, who play in the Midland Football League Division 1 (Step 6). Having won their last 8, they certainly will be feeling confident going into this weekends cup tie. They currently sit 8th in the league, 5 points behind Hinckley AFC (Deeping opponents) with 2 games in hand. Having one of the best defense’s in the league, Wisbech will certainly have to be firing on all cylinders to get past their back line. Wisbech will be backing themselves to score, as they have scored 8 goals in total in their previous 2 FA Vase games. Wisbech also enter this match in good form, having won 9 out of their last 10 matches, and still firmly in the race for promotion, they will be fancying their chances of progressing to the fourth round.
Yaxley will be hosting Norwich CBS, and they will be confidence flowing through them after 5 wins on the bounce. Yaxley also have the third and fourth top scorers in the Premier Division in Thomas Waumsley and Daniel Cotton, who will play a key part if Yaxley are to progress into the fourth round. Their opponents (Norwich CBS) currently sit seventh in the Eastern Counties League Division 1 (Step 6). They have currently won 2 out of their last 7 matches, including a 4-1 win away at Wisbech St Mary in the previous round of the FA Vase. Yaxley will have to be cautious of Norwich CBS top scorer Matthew Doyle, who has scored 17 goals in 21 appearances so far this season, and always appears to be a potential goal threat. With such a good run of form and the home advantage, Yaxley will certainly be hoping to progress in to the next round and take 1 step closer to Wembley.
With loads of great games on the cards this weekend, we wish all of our teams the best of luck in their hopes of reaching the fourth round of the FA Vase, and a potential trip to Wembley!