The draw has been made this lunchtime for the Third Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase. Ties involving our clubs are as follows:
Congleton Town v Coventry United
Hebburn Town or North Shields v Vauxhall Motors
Long Eaton United v Hanley Town
Longridge Town or Penistone Church v Jarrow or Warrington Rylands 1907
North Ferriby v Barnton or Seaham Red Star
Sunderland Ryhope CW or Abbey Hey v Liversedge
Ties will be played on Saturday 19th December 2020.
Draw in Focus
It's a tough draw for our remaining sides in the competition, but one that manager's should be able to get a little bit of information about from fellow managers ahead of their ties.
Congleton Town, who are in the Third Round for the second successive season, will host a Coventry United side who let slip a two goal lead against First Division South side Abbey Hulton United on Saturday, before Riley O'Sullivan's goal six minutes from time saw them through. Likewise Hanley Town, who have never progressed this far in the FA Vase, will travel to a Long Eaton United side who knocked out Stone Old Alleynians side on Saturday. That was won even later, with Alex Marshall netting in another 3-2 win.
Vauxhall Motors are the only other side definitely through, and they will travel to the North East to take on Hebburn Town or North Shields. Hebburn Town are actually in the Final of last season's FA Vase where they will face fellow Northern League side Consett. The Final, which was to be held on Non-League Finals Day, was postponed in May and again in September, and is still TBC on the FA's fixture calendar. In this season's competition, they will have to get past fellow Northern League side North Shields, who won the Vase at Wembley in 2015 against our very own Glossop North End.
The remaining four sides all need to navigate past the Second Round this coming Saturday before thinking about the Third Round. There could be an all NWCFL tie though, as Premier Division sides Longridge Town and Warrington Rylands 1907 will face off against each other should they beat Penistone Church and Jarrow FC respectively. Both of those ties were postponed last weekend due to the weather.
Abbey Hey only reached the Second Round last Saturday, and they will face Liversedge at home in the next round on Saturday. The winners of that will travel to Sunderland Ryhope CW. in the Third Round.
And finally Barnton, who had never even got past the Qualifying Rounds before this season, face a Second Round tie at home to Seaham Red Star next Saturday. They will travel to Lower Breck's conquerers North Ferriby in the Third Round should they win that game.