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Part One: Buildbase FA Vase Round Up

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Part one of a round-up of Saturday`s Vase ties

Ebac Northern League First Division club Bishop Auckland`s manager Colin Myers admitted that side was lucky to be still in the Buildbase FA Vase after they came from behind to win 3-2 at Second Division Brandon United on Saturday.

Bishops were nothing like the team that beat West Auckland Town in the league in midweek, and they were two goals down before they managed to get back into the game and win 3-2.

Myers was relieved with victory on his return to one of his old playing clubs, and said; “It was a terrible performance but it’s all about the result in the Vase. I thought Brandon were outstanding on the day, and deserved to get something. For us, it was a big contrast to the other night against West Auckland.

Brandon went two goals up in the first 24 minutes through Jason White and Vinny Gash, but Bishops got back into the game with a Priestley Griffiths penalty after Thomas McAloon was fouled.

Stuart Thompson levelled for Bishops on the hour-mark with a shot on the turn, then McAloon headed the winner from a Ben Trotter cross with 2 minutes left.

Bishops are now at Bedlington Terriers in the next round.

Tow Law Town won their first Vase game in six years when they beat Northern League rivals Crook Town 3-2 in their local derby at Ironworks Road.

They went 2-0 up in the first 9 minutes with goals by Adam Nicholls and Lewis Teasdale, but Crook got back into the game with goals by Chris Emms and Dale Elgie soon after half-time.

However, Dean Thexton won it for Lawyers ten minutes from the end.

Tow Law manager Steve Murray said; “It was our first win in the Vase for many years. I was pleased for the fans, there was a good turn out and great support. The unbeaten start to the season continues.”

Crook manager Wilf Constantine said; “It was a hard-fought game against the form side in the division. We started really slowly in bad conditions and conceded two early goals. After this we dominated the game and gave Tow Law a shock in the second half and we pulled back to 2-2 and looked like we could win it, but the weather deteriorated and both teams struggled with the conditions. Not the best result but a pleasing team performance.”

Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake was furious with the referee following their 3-2 home defeat by Hallmark Security League side Silsden AFC.

Ten-man Chester led 2-1 on 74 minutes with goals by Alex Walker and Lee Mole, but Silsden hit back to win, and Wake was far from pleased.

“The players were outstanding, but the officials cost us the game,” he said.” Chris Stephenson was sent off in the first half to the amazement of everyone in the ground for an altercation after a tackle and when we had just gone 2-1 up the referee gave them a penalty that never was. He was out of his depth from start to finish, and but for the officials I am certain we would have won the game.”

Northallerton Town beat league rivals Alnwick Town 4-2 at Ainderby Road, with Aaron Ramsbottom scoring a hat-trick in the first 27 minutes, with Liam Hudson adding the other in a rampant first half. Stephen Young scored both for Alnwick.

Northallerton manager Darren Trotter said; “We had an excellent first half. We were very clinical and perhaps didn’t come out with the same intensity in the second half. However, we managed the game well and had enough left in us to win.”

Esh Winning gave First Division Penrith a scare before going down 2-0 at Waterhouses, and manager Tony Boakes was heartened by the performance. “We played really well and missed some crucial chances,” he said. “Penrith only had three chances all game but took two of them and we didn’t. We got caught with the last kick of the game for their second. We were disappointed after a great effort from us but good luck to them in the next round.”

Darlington RA lost the clash of the RAs against Toolstation Northern Counties East League Harrogate at Brinkburn Road, losing 6-4 after seemingly looking in control twice.

Dunston UTS won 1-0 at Hallmark Security Leaguers Barnoldswick Town, courtesy of a 32nd minute Scott Heslop effort.

They were 4-2 up on 46 minutes with goals by Damon Reaks (2) and Phil Caley (2), but then they fell apart. Darlington RA manager Peter Mulcaster said; “We were disappointing once more, we twice had a two-goal lead.”

Of the Essex Senior League sides in the Vase, Basildon United are through to the Second Qualifying Round after a penalty shoot-out win over Spartan South Midlands Leaguers St Margaretsbury at The Hive.

Marcus Bowers put the hosts ahead only for Ryan Wade to equalise and with the game all square after extra-time penalties were required and saw the hosts win the shoot-out to progress.

Waltham Forest exited the competition after conceding two second half goals to lose to Thurlow Nunn League side Framlingham Town.

After the visitors had a goal disallowed the hosts took the lead just before the hour-mark and then doubled their lead late on to seal their passage and claim the second Walthamstow scalp in cup competitions this season.

Great Wakering Rovers thrashed Sporting Bengal United at Burroughs Park to get through to the next round.

The hosts took a 7th minute lead when Neil Richmond coolly slotted home and 8 minutes before half-time they doubled their lead when Bryan fired past Kobia.

Tandon’s penalty for the visitors halved the lead right on stroke of half-time however the two-goal lead was restored 2 minutes into the second half when Richmond got his second with a header into the left corner.

It was four for the hosts midway through the second half when Butterworth tapped home a Richmond cross and they added a fifth with nine to go when Nash headed past Kobia.

And the hosts completed the scoring with 4 minutes to go when Richmond grabbed his hat-trick with a tap-in from a Butterworth’s pass.

Wadham Lodge bowed out of after losing at Thurlow Nunn side Hadleigh United.

The hosts were ahead inside a minute through Kyron Andrews and doubled that advantage with a Ben Elliott penalty a minute into the second half.

Lodge did pull one back with 5 minutes to go but go out at the first hurdle.

Ilford saw off a plucky Cornard United side to progress through to the next round.

The hosts were expected to comfortably see off their visiting opponents, however it wasn’t until the 87th minute when the home side finally sealed the deal but they still got the job done and progress.

Redbridge are into the next round after hammering Brantham Athletic at Oakside.

Coxi-Sebastfao netted on 15 and 17 minutes before Moses added a third just before the half hour mark.

And just after half-time Poku added a quick double before Duggan made it six just past the hour-mark.

The visitors did add a late consolation but the hosts were already celebrating a terrific win.

Sawbridgeworth Town made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season after defeating Saffron Walden Town at Catons Lane to progress through to the next round.

A Lewis Francis double had the visitors two-up at half-time and although the hosts fought back in the second period they held on to take victory.

A poor performance saw former finalists Stansted lose their first home game of the season to Wodson Park and exit the Vase.

The visitors went in 2-0 up at the break and when Knightly added a third in the second half the hosts knew their number was up and fell to a rather disappointing defeat.

Five South West Peninsula League Premier sides safely progressed in the Vase as the national competition got underway for another year.

Three of the winners came at the expense of Toolstation Western League sides with St Austell racking up a 9-1 win over fellow Step 6 outfit Bishop Lydeard.

Plymouth Parkway had a 4-1 win over another Western League Division One side as they beat Sherborne Town 4-1.

Tavistock followed up their Emirates FA Cup heroics by taking another `scalp` as they beat Hallen 2-0 with the visitors plying their trade at Step 5 in the Western Premier.

Two sides went through at the expense of fellow Peninsula clubs with Camelford beating Helston Athletic 3-2 at Trefrew Park and Cullompton Rangers knocking out Torpoint Athletic 1-0 at Eden Vale Park.

Helston and Torpoint were not the only sides defeated though as Godolphin Atlantic lost 2-1 away at Ashton & Backwell United and troubled Witheridge got back to playing but suffered a 9-1 defeat at home to Cribbs.

In the all-Uhlsport Hellenic League ties, at least three of Saturday’s contestants were guaranteed a place in the next round.

Graham Edney’s goal in the 15th minute puts Abingdon United into the next round over Highmoor-Ibis.

Division One side Ardley United departed the competition 4-2 at the hands of Premier Division Longlevens.

Ardley goals from Alex Feaver and Connor Harris, with an own goal, Dave Merrill , Shaun O’Connor and Jayne Kennedy accounting for the Levens` efforts.
In the Highworth Town versus Easington Sports fixture, the Worthians proved too strong for a valiant Sports who worked tirelessly throughout the tie.

But goals from Callum Parsons with two, Chris Taylor and Kias Bonner-Shea saw Worthians through.

Against Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) opponents, Dan Alliston scored twice for AFC Aldermaston, but it was not enough to counter Romsey Town’s three goals.

In fixtures against Spartan South Midlands Leaguers, four Hellenic teams were on the road.

Hadley secured a 2-0 home victory against Milton United.

Milton held out until for 66 minutes, but Micky Hazard’s side came good in the last quarter and showed their class.

Brimscombe & Thrupp were a goal up at half-time, but crashed out of the Vase when home side Leighton Town hit three send half strikes.

Welwyn Garden City secured a 3-1 win over Brackley Town Saints.

Tuffley Rovers dominated large proportions of the game against Crawley Green, but exited the competition courtesy of an 87th minute winner for the hosts.

Clanfield 85 returned to the Vase after a five-year absence, and scored twice s in last 15 minutes to win the game against visitors Holmer Green who were a goal in front.

The introduction of Karl Roberts turned the game, with Clanfield`s goals from Callum Miller and Roberts.

Lydney Town secured a 4-2 win over travelling Winslow United, with three goals in the first 12 minutes. The Lydney goals from Jamie Addis, Ross Gabriel, Keelan Hamblett and Kerry Hale.

New College Swindon were thumped 10-0 by Ampthill Town.

There were two home ties against Toolstation Western League opponents.

A close contested game with visitors Chippenham Park scoring twice in the last 15 minutes ends Pewsey Vale’s Vase hopes.

Pewsey not creating much and not clinical enough in the final third.
After a goalless first half, Windsor FC went two-up before Devizes Town hit the target.

Windsor held out to enter the next round with goals from veteran Barry Hayles and Nadir Shafi.

Other Hallmark Security League sides involved in Saturday`s games saw West Didsbury & Chorlton hammer AFC Blackpool 6-1 away from home in one of a number of internal ties.

Tom Bailey netted a hat-trick, with Nic Evangelinos, Saul Henderson and Matt Kay adding the others – Ben Fishwick replying.

Congleton Town also his six away from home against Squires Gate with Declan Fisher bagging two, Tom Morris, Jason Carey, Emi Adegbenro and Steve Foster singles.

Alsager Town edged out New Mills 3-2 in another, with Oliver Jepson bagging a brace, while Shaun Harris`s 115th minute goal in extra-time sealed Litherland REMYCA`s 1-0 win over Ashton Town.

Charnock Richard hammered Toolstation Northern Counties East League hosts 7-1 with Mark Adams and Carl Grimshaw both bagging braces.

Carlisle City won 3-1 at Heaton Stannington with goals from Kyle Armstrong from the spot, Jon Allan and Rob McCartney, while Dan Cope netted twice as Hanley Town eased through 5-1 at home against Midland Leaguers Lichfield City.

1874 Northwich are through – just – by the odd goal in nine at West Cheshire Leaguers Vauxhall Motors.

Kazim Waite-Jackson was on target twice for the winners, as was Ryan Nightingale for the losers.

Leicestershire Senior League minnows Ellistown had Tariq Wilson on the mark twice as they caused a 3-2 home upset over Eccleshall.

Other NWCL sides to exit were FC Oswestry Town – 5-0 at West Midlansd (Regional) Leaguers Wolverhampton Sporting Community, Widnes, who lost 2-1 at home to NCEL side Glasshoughton Welfare, for whom Andy Horbury and Andy McManus outgunned Andy Gillespie, and Whitchurch Alport went out on penalties to Midland League Division One side Pershore Town after a 4-4 draw after extra-time.

NCEL Hemsworth Miners Welfare won 2-1 at former finalists St Helens Town, thanks to Luke Daniels and Richard Collier, while another NCEL outfit, Rossington Main, won 4-1 at home to Cheadle Town with Cameron Johnson`s hat-trick helping.

Main`s league rivals Parkgate were 4-0 home winners over Daisy Hill with Jassim Alali, Lebiun Mbeka, Dan Harris and Brad Kerr on target, and three other NCEL sides triumphed over NWCL opponents in Garforth Town`s 3-1 home win over Holker Old Boys, Pontefract Collieries` 5-1 success at Maine Road in which Chris Jackson scored twice, and Maltby Main`s 4-2 home win against Cammell Laird with braces for Sam Sweeney and Ryan Smyth.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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