Twenty North West Counties League teams will feature in Monday’s lunch time draw for the first round proper of the FA Vase. However playing in the first round proper isn’t guaranteed for all twenty following foul weather conditions and Covid-19 restrictions leading to several postponements at the weekend.
Nelson’s match against Northern League outfit Ashington and New Mills match against Northern Counties East opponents Winterton Rangers were called off due to waterlogged pitches whilst the matches between Liversedge and Ashton Athletic and Eccleshall and Hanley Town were called off due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Bootle were the first team to progress to the first round proper of the competition without kicking a ball as they received a home win walkover due to their opponents Shelley withdrawing from the competition.
Two clubs progressed into the first round proper for the first time in their history as Stone Old Alleynians won 2-0 away at Dudley Town with first half goals from Samuel Wilson and Matthew Thomas whilst Abbey Hulton United came from behind to beat Midland League Division One opponents Ashby Ivanhoe 3-1.
Only four ties were played on Saturday between two North West Counties League teams. Brad Carsley and Carl Grimshaw scored the goals which saw Charnock Richard from the Premier Division beat South Division West Didsbury & Chorlton 2-0 at a sold out Brookburn Road. It was a similar story in the match between AFC Darwen and Runcorn Town as second half goals from Ryan Cox and a penalty from Kieran Holsgrove saw the away side win 2-0.
In Manchester Premier Division Avro lost 3-0 at home to South Division outfit Abbey Hey in front of a crowd of 266 at the Vestacare Stadium. Rhys Clooney, Jake Dunford and Deane Smalley scoring the goals in a fantastic victory for the visitors.
The final tie played between two North West Counties teams went all the way to penalties as Bacup Borough and Stockport Town couldn’t be separated in ninety minutes. With no extra-time in this season’s competition it went straight to penalties which Borough won 4-2.
It was a day of mixed feelings for the two Northwich sides as 1874 Northwich progressed to the next round after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Selby Town whilst Northwich Victoria lost 3-2 away at North Ferriby in front of a sell-out crowd.
Winsford United, Ellesmere Rangers, Cammell Laird and Wythenshawe Amateurs all saw their cup runs come to an end at the weekend losing against teams outside of the league. Ellesmere Rangers found themselves behind at Rugby Town early on in the game eventually losing 6-1 whilst a last minute goal for Wythenshawe Amateurs wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat at Penistone Church. Cammell Laird welcomed Maltby Main of the Northern Counties East League losing 3-0 and Winsford United lost after a thrilling penalty shootout against Boldmere St Michaels. Both teams scored in the first half but as the game finished 1-1 it was straight to penalties. A thrilling shootout which Boldmere St Michaels eventually won 14-13.
It was a comfortable victory for Warrington Rylands as they dispatched Goole 6-0 thanks to five second half goals. Freddie Potter put the side in the lead early on before a second half double from Kane Drummond and Paul Shanley alongside a Stephen Milne strike meant that Warrington Rylands comfortably secured their name in the pot for the next round.
Tom Dawson scored twice for Holker Old Boys as they beat Crook Town 2-1 and it was a similar score between Heaton Stannington and Padiham where a late strike from Harvey Close ensured Padiham were in the next round.
Irlam and AFC Blackpool both won on the road as AFC Blackpool beat Northern League Division Two side Esh Winning and Irlam beat Northern Counties East opponents Glasshoughton Welfare. After going behind early on goals from Benjamin Duffield secured AFC Blackpool a 2-1 win whilst Irlam won their match comfortably 3-1.
It was a one man show as Cheadle Town comfortably beat Dronfield Town from the Northern Counties East League. Four goals from Patrick Davin meant that Cheadle won 4-0 and this was a similar score on Sunday as Barnton beat Swallownest 4-0 with an Eden Gumbs hat-trick.
Hopefully the draw for the next round is kind to all our teams and we wish them all good luck in the next round.