A good weekend for NWCFL Clubs in the Buildbase FA Vase

Mon 13th December 2021 | Buildbase FA Vase
By Gary Langley

There were eight NWCFL member clubs left in the Buildbase FA Vase going into this weekends third round games and we still have half of them in the competition ahead of the Fourth Round Draw.

Wythenshawe Town made it through to the fourth round for the first time in their history with an impressive 3-0 win over Billingham Synthonia.  Max Leonard put them ahead on 26 minutes but the game remained quite a nervous affair until 84 minute when Deane Smalley doubled that lead on 84 minutes.  Town's progress was cemented four minutes into added time when Smalley got his second, Town's third to put them through.

No nerves for Congleton Town as they powered through to the next stage with a solid 0-4 win away at Highgate United.  The NWCFL side got off to a good start as early as the third minute courtesy of an own goal, however Arron Johns doubled that advantage just ten minutes later to put Town in control of the game.  By half time the visitors were 0-3 up as Oli Putman had bagged a goal on 31 minutes.  Their win was sealed on 87 minutes when Tom Pope made it 4-0 and job done for The Bears.

Sadly Sandbach United's Vase run for this season is over as they were beaten 4-0 by Loughborough University.  A brace apiece from Ethan O'Toole and Olusanya Fadahunsi did the damage for a side that is being much touted as potential front runners in this seasons competition. No shame in defeat though as it was the furthest the club have progressed in the competition so far and they will have learned a lot for going forwards.  

There were two all NWCFL ties over the weekend and both were cracking games to watch.  Division One South Abbey Hey showed how they are a real force to be reckoned with this season with an eye catching 4-1 win over Bury AFC at The Abbey Stadium.  The damage was done by half time as the home side roared into a 3-0 lead by the interval, Aaron Fleming scoring as early as the third minute which was followed by a brace from Jordan Lazenbury on 13 and 43 minutes, those goals taking him up to 21 for the season in all competitions.  In the second half Abbey Hey went 4-0 up courtesy of a Mitchell Bryant goal on 72 minutes meaning that Lewis Gilboy's goal on 74 minutes was nothing more than a consolation goal for Bury AFC whom are in good form at the moment, making the win particularly impressive.  Again, Abbey Hey have also gone further than they have done previously in the tournament.

In the other all NWCFL clash, AFC Liverpool and Pilkington played out a tense third round tie at The MTA.  Both sides creating chances, however it was a Luke Stephens Goal that was created from a corner that gave the Reds the advantage which they were able to hold on to until Full-Time.  AFC Liverpool also going further in the competition than they have before.

Prestwich Heys game against Harborough Town was postponed due to the torrential rain around the region, they will go again on the 18th December to try and join the other sides in the next round. 

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