The End Of Two Eras
Two fascinating nonleague stories came to an end last weekend…
Two of nonleague football’s best stories came to an end last weekend, with the Hillingdon Borough Curse coming to an end in spectacular fashion, while Whitley Bay’s dominance in the FA Vase ended with a home defeat.
The Hillingdon Borough Curse has fascinated fans since it began last season, but finally ended last weekend at Anfield as Liverpool smashed Brighton 6-1. In fact, the curse seemed to go completely the other way, as Brighton scored three own goals in the game! It was a great story while it lasted, and it is a shame that the story has now reached a conclusion.
Elsewhere, Whitley Bay’s 29 match unbeaten run in the FA Vase ended as they crashed out to a 96th minute winner at home to West Auckland. Bay had won the competition for the last three seasons, and were once again overwhelming favourites to win the trophy again this season. The run lasted an incredible 1420 days and 24 rounds. They also set a record for consecutive games in which a player has scored, as Paul Chow netted in thirteen ties in a row.
All the goals in the game came in the last minute and injury time. West Auckland took the lead in the 89th minute through a header from striker Mattie Moffat. However, the home side equalised immediately through Paul Robinson, before Michael Rae won it in the sixth minute of stoppage time. West Auckland will now travel to Bournemouth or Billingham Synthonia in the quarter final. The first game between the two ended goalless, and they will replay the tie this Saturday, February 25th.
Under The League’s chosen team for this season’s Vase is currently Herne Bay, and they progressed to the quarter finals after a 1-0 win against Larkhall Athletic, thanks to an 86th minute winner from James Campbell. It is the first time that Herne Bay have reached the last eight, and they will now travel to Shortwood, who beat Ashington 3-0.
The biggest win of the day was St Ives Town’s 4-0 mauling of Gresley, thanks to two goals from Washington, and one apiece for Ellison and Fielding. The full results and quarter final draw are below:
FA Vase Fifth Round Results:
Tividale 0-2 Peterborough Northern Star
Shortwood United 3-0 Ashington
Billingham Synthonia 0-0 Bournemouth – replay on February 25th
Dunston UTS 3-0 Bethnal Green United
Whitley Bay 1-2 West Auckland Town
St Ives Town 4-0 Gresley
Herne Bay 1-0 Larkhall Athletic
Staveley MW 2-0 Oadby Town
FA Vase Quarter Final Draw:
Shortwood United v Herne Bay
Staveley MW v St Ives Town
Peterborough Northern Star v Dunston UTS
Billingham Synthonia or Bournemouth v West Auckland Town
Ties to be played on Saturday, 3rd March.