FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round Preview

Fri 18th September 2020 | Match Previews
By Tom Besford

On Saturday forty of the sixty North West Counties League clubs were scheduled to play in the FA Vase 1st qualifying round but this has unfortunately already been reduced to thirty eight following FC Isle Of Mans withdrawal from the tournament due to Covid restrictions on the Island. This means that AFC Liverpool will host Maine Road in the second qualifying round.


Along with Maine Road and AFC Liverpool another twelve clubs have received byes into the second qualifying round with Padiham, Abbey Hey, Wythenshawe Amateurs, 1974 Northwich, Shelley, Bootle, Ashton Athletic, New Mills, Runcorn Town, Eccleshall, Hanley Town and Stone Old Alleynians progressing through the luck of the draw.


Golcar United make their debut in the FA Vase playing against Northwich Victoria from the Premier Division whilst the other debutant Bury AFC travel to Division One South side West Didsbury & Chorlton in South Manchester. In the first qualifying round there is four other games between clubs in the League as North Division Daisy Hill entertain Premier side Warrington Rylands 1906, Prem Skelmersdale United host South side Stockport Town and Premier Winsford United host South side Alsager Town. The last tie between two league outfits is an all Division One North tie as Pilkington entertain Bacup Borough.


Premier Division side Avro welcome Northern Counties East Premier Division side Bottesford Town whilst North Division side Prestwich Heys visit Penistone Church from the Northern Counties East Premier. A home tie against Abbey Hey and Wythenshawe Amateurs await for the winners respectively.


Litherland REMYCA welcome Selby Town from the Northern Counties East League Division One to the Litherland Sports Park with an away game to 1874 Northwich awaiting the winners. Division One North club AFC Darwen travel to the home ground of Sheffield FC where they will take on Staveley Miners Welfare where another Premier Division side awaits the winners as Runcorn Town will be the visitors in the second qualifying round.


Four North West Counties League clubs have been drawn against West Midland Premier Division clubs with South sides Abbey Hey, Ellesmere Rangers and St Martins hosting Shawbury United, Cradley Town and Pershore Town respectively whilst Premier Division side Whitchurch Alport welcome Littleton to the KMJ Mortgages Stadium.


Former North West Counties League side Carlisle City have five points from their first four games in the Northern League Division Two and welcome North side Nelson to The Don Marks Carpets Stadium. Another former club Silsden, now playing in the North East Counties, welcome North side Garstang to the Cobbydale Construction Stadium.


North West Counties League clubs and North East Counties League clubs have been drawn against each other seventeen times in total. At the end of last season Emley moved sideways to the North East Counties and they host Premier League Irlam. Other fixtures include AFC Blackpool v Knaresborough Town, Burscough v Hallam (played at Hallam), Charnock Richard v Barton Town, Cheadle Town v Athersley Recreation, Goole v Cheadle Heath Nomads (Played at Cheadle Heath), Hall Road Rangers v Barnton, Harrogate Railway Athletic v Cleator Moor Celtic, Holker Old Boys v Eccleshill United, Retford v Cammell Laird 1907, St Helens Town v North Ferriby (Played at North Ferriby) and Swallownest v Ashton Town.


Barnoldswick Town travel to Northern League Division One side Newton Aycliffe who currently sit sixth in their league with five points from their opening three games. However whilst Town are away the ground is still in use as Steeton host Northern League side Jarrow at the Silentnight Stadium.


Birtley Town, who are currently unbeaten in the Northern League Division Two, host Premier League side Squires Gate and Division One South side Sandbach United welcome Midland League Division One side Stapenhill who have won three of their opening four fixtures this season.


Good luck to all the North West Counties teams involved and hopefully we will see as many as possible in the next round.


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