FA Vase

News: FA confirm Northern League rivals must play again after Vase match abandoned

FA confirm Northern League rivals must play again after Vase match abandoned

The Football Association have confirmed that the abandoned FA Vase tie between EBAC Northern League clubs South Shields and Morpeth Town will be replayed “on or before this coming Saturday”.

There were eighty two minutes on the clock in the original fixture between the two sides when, seconds after Liam Henderson put the visitors 4-2 up, the floodlights went out at Mariners Park.


News: Vase holders Morpeth Town begin defence with Hallam trip

Vase holders Morpeth Town begin defence with Hallam trip

FA Vase holders Morpeth Town will kick off their defence of the trophy with a trip to Toolstation NCEL club Hallam on Saturday 12th November.

The draw for the Second Round of the competition was revealed by the Football Association on Monday lunchtime with several intriguing ties being thrown up.


FA Vase : Nelson 1-2 Heaton Stannington (Kevin Mochrie)

Nelson 1-2 Heaton Stannington 

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round: Saturday 10 September 2016


Although more associated with Nelson, victory was the Stan’s as they sailed into the next round of the vase after navigating some choppy water in the 2nd half (that’s the last Nelson pun in this column). There was early pressure from Nelson and when the Stan did have the ball they were rushing too much and not holding onto it, instead relying on long balls. The Stan were getting caught out regularly on their left and it proved fatal in 12 minutes when a home player got by James, ran down the wing and sent a ball into the box. Smith dived and got his fingers to the ball from the initial shot but Jake Townsend slotted the rebound home before a defender could clear. A minute later and Smith sliced a clearance but Williams then cleared for a corner which resulted in Nelson shooting over. In 17 minutes, a free kick by James into the box was headed the wrong way by a defender and Graham Williams got in to shoot and make it 1-1. Nelson immediately attacked followed by a counterattack which somehow saw Robinson deemed offside. (more…)

News: Gray proud after Highwaymen win epic Vase tie

Gray proud after Highwaymen win epic Vase tie

They say “good things come to those who wait”, well whoever “they” are, have been proven right in the case of Morpeth Town boss Nicky Gray.

The EBAC Northern League side finally got to play their eagerly-anticipated FA Vase Third Round tie against South Shields at the ninth attempt on Wednesday night, after a combination of heavy snow, frosty pitches and constant rain put paid to the previous eight attempts.

And once the tie was finally played, it did not disappoint.


Over the White Line – Craig Smith is back updating us on the recent high’s & lows

It’s been a while since my last entry, I apologise, A LOT has happened in that small space of time, I will do my best do condense it into a few detailed paragraphs, unfortunately the few highs we have had have been monumentally eclipsed by too many lows, so please excuse my predictable pessimism for the next few minutes while you continue to read on. (more…)

Consett AFC 3 Marske United 2 FA Vase (Mark Hathaway)

Marske went out of the FA Vase after a close game against Consett which took 120 minutes to separate the two teams.

Marske manager Carl Jarrett had two changes enforced on him from the team that comfortably beat West Allotment Celtic the previous Saturday. Austin Johnston was suspended following his 5th yellow card of the season in the previous round against Barton Town Old Boys and Danny Brunskill was cup-tied having played for Bishop Auckland earlier in the competition. Into the team came Glen Butterworth and Connor Hood. In addition, Cameron Park dropped down to the bench with Reece Kelly coming into the starting eleven on the left hand side of midfield. For the home side, centre half Dan Madden was suspended following his sending off against West Auckland. There was a healthy crowd of over 300 in Belle View, swelled significantly by around 150 Marske fans, the majority of them having taken advantage of free coach travel offered by Marske chairman Peter Collinson. (more…)

BLOG: Star rising with two wins in a week (Brian Hastings)

Seaham Red Star are bang in form and Brian Hastings saw tough impressive wins in a week for the Wearside outfit

Seaham Red Star progressed to the next round of the prestigious F.A.Vase defeating Atherton Collieries 2-1 in Lancashire this afternoon much to the delight of their passionate travelling fans. This was truly a magnificent all round team effort with the Star being worthy winners in an enthralling and passionate game of football.

The Star goals, one in each half, mean that their followers know that an extended run in the competion is a realistic possibility, indeed the things that dreams are made of. (more…)

REPORT: Marske United 4-1 Barton Old Boys (Mark Hathaway)

imageThere was a temporary switch of home venue for Marske United as they hosted Barton Old Boys in the FA Vase. FTLOF’s Mark Hathaway made the trip to Stokesley and saw United pull off a comfortable victory

With doubts surrounding whether or not Marske’s floodlights would be fully operational following the abandonment, a decision was made on Thursday to switch this game to Stokesley to ensure that it went ahead.

Following a superb 6-2 victory away to Bishop Auckland the previous Tuesday, Marske manager made two changes to the team, one enforced and one tactical. (more…)