Buildbase FA Vase Fifth Round Draw

Mon 17th January 2022 | Buildbase FA Vase
By Martin Fallon


Both Abbey Hey and Wythenshawe Town face away days in the Buildbase FA Vase as they look to reach the Quarter Final of the competition for the first time.

Abbey Hey will travel to Loughborough Students in the last 16, and will no doubt be on the phone to Sandbach United to get advice, with the Students having beaten them in the Second Round.

We mentioned earlier in our preview that Wroxham was not the away day you want. If Wroxham beat Anstey Nomads in their delayed game next week then that is exactly what Wythenshawe Town will have to do. If not then its a slighly shorter trip to Leicester!

Ties will be played on Saturday 12th February, with the league games Rocester v Abbey Hey and Wythenshawe Town v Winsford United both postponed.

Winning clubs will receive £2,250 with losing clubs getting £725.

Draw in Full

Coventry Sphinx v Whitchurch Alport
North Shields v Rugby Town
Loughborough Students v Abbey Hey
Wroxham or Anstey Nomads v Wythenshawe Town

Southall v Stansfield
Hamworthy United v Tunbridge Wells
Athletic Newham v Brockenhurst
Newport Pagnell Town v Buckland Athletic


Today sees the draw for the Fifth Round of the Buildbase FA Vase, with Abbey Hey and Wythenshawe Town remaining in the competition.

It is the second successive year that we have had two sides in the last 16, with Congleton Town and Warrington Rylands reaching this stage last season. Congleton lost 1-0 to a very late goal at Hebburn Town, but Rylands won 3-1 on penalties against West Auckland Town after a 1-1 draw. 

Rylands continued their progress, beating Hebburn and Walsall Wood to reach the Final, taking place during Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium. A hat-trick from Elliott Nevitt, only the second in a Final in the 37 years of the competition, saw Rylands lift the trophy with a 3-2 win over Binfield.

The FA Vase can throw up some truly memorable journey's, none more so that the 2000/01 Fourth Round draw that saw Bedlington Terriers of the Northern League drawn against Western League side Falmouth. That's a trip of 480 miles, which is the official longest journey in any FA competition in history (FA Cup/Trophy/Vase) since it all began back in 1872. To put it into context, its almost 100 miles further than Carlisle United to Plymouth Argyle, which is 388 miles.

The above tie was in the Fourth Round, but recent years have seen the Fifth Round become the point where the competition becomes an open draw. Some argue (me included!) that the last 16 is far too late in a national compeition for the draw to become truly national. The FA obviously hold the opposite viewpoint, whether that is due to Covid or not is unclear, but this year the Fifth Round draw is still regionalised into two sections, North and South.

So who can Abbey Hey and Wythenshawe Town get in the this afternoon's draw, and what numbers are each team? Lets have a look. The draw will be made live on talkSPORT2 radio on 'The Social' show at around 3.15pm.

1 Wythenshawe Town and 2 Abbey Hey.

They are the numbers of our teams. Both have never reached this stage of the competition before. Abbey Hey are the only Step 6 side left in the Northern side of the draw. They could get each other, but lets hope not!

3 North Shields

The 2014/15 FA Vase winners who beat our very own Glossop North End in the Final. That run came out of nowhere, with North Shields never progressing beyond the First Round Proper in 14 Vase seasons before that. Since that Wembley victory, they reached the Fourth Round the season after but this is the best they have done since.

They had a tough tie on Saturday at Midland League side Harborough Town, with North Shields winning 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. North Shields are currently in 3rd place in the Ebac Northern League.

4 Whitchurch Alport

A team who need no introduction having been members of the NWCFL from 2015/16 until last summer, when they were laterally moved to the Midland League.

Whitchurch progressed to this round with a 2-1 home win over Congleton Town on Saturday, and this is their best ever run in the compeittion having never previously got past the First Round. They are currently 9th in the league, with 10 wins from 19 league games.

5 Wroxham or Anstey Nomads

This tie is a week behind after Anstey Nomads were reinstated following Walsall Wood's removal from the competition for fielding an ineligible player.

Wroxham are the team you 100% don't want to draw away from home given that they are 20 minutes the other side of Norwich! They are a lovely club though (I have been and even announced the teams on the PA there!!), who are currently third in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League. Wroxham have played at Wembley before, losing 6-1 to Whitley Bay in 2009/10, and they have also twice reached the Quarter Finals in 2001/02 and last season.

Anstey Nomads play in the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division North, and are also third in the table. Anstey is a suburb of Leicester. They were knocked out of the competition at Walsall Wood the week before Christmas, 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but as mentioned Walsall were expelled. Anstey have been playing in the Vase most seasons since its inaugural season in 1974/75. They have reached the Fifth Round only once, that coming last season when they were - ironically - knocked out on penalties by Walsall Wood!

6 Rugby Town

Rugby play in the United Counties League Premier Division South and currently sit in 4th place in the league table. 

This is only Rugby's seventh season and they have never got past the Third Round previously, that coming in their debut season. They convincingly beat Lakenheath 5-1 on Saturday to reach this stage.

7 Loughborough Students

Like Rugby, Loughborough aldo play in the United Counties League, but they are in the Premier Division North and currently sit in 5th place in the league table. They beat Sandbach United 4-0 in the Third Round, with Ethan O'Toole and Olusanya Faduhansi scoring two each.

Loughborough Students were previously known as Loughborough University until this season. They have played in 13 previous Vase campaigns, never getting past the Second Round until now. They drew 1-1 at Saffron Walden Town on Saturday, before winning 6-5 on penalties.

8 Coventry Sphinx

Sphinx are also members of the United Counties League Premier Division South like Loughborough. The Vase is something of a welcome distraction for them, with the team sitting in 9th place in the table.

They have appeared in 20 previous FA Vase campaigns, and this is only the second time they have reached this stage. In 2007/08, they drew with Kirkham & Wesham (now known as AFC Flyde) before losing the replay 1-0. Kirkham & Wesham famously went on to win the Vase at Wembley that season.

Southern Side

For completeness, here are the teams in the other half of the draw today....

1 Newport Pagnell Town
2 Brockenhurst
3 Tunbridge Wells
4 Hamworthy United Athletic
5 Newham
6 Buckland Athletic
7 Southall
8 Stansfeld


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