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FA Vase Fifth Round Draw & Preview

Can anyone stop Whitley Bay from making it four in a row?

The draw has been made for the fifth round of the Carlsberg FA Vase, and the good news is that our current club, Herne Bay, are still in the competition. Their reward for a fine 2-1 victory in the northeast against Newcastle Benfield is a home tie with Larkhall Athletic. It was a tough match for Bay, played in very difficult conditions and on a tricky pitch, but they overcame their hosts to progress.

Tividale registered a fantastic 7-1 victory against Binfield in their fourth round match, and will now host Peterborough Northern Star in round five. Star had avoided an upset in the previous round, coming out on top against lower league opposition Norton United, eventually winning 2-1. There is one step six club left in the Vase though, and that is Oadby Town, who beat fellow step six team Ampthill Town 2-1. Oadby now have a very tough match away at Staveley Miners Welfare.

I had picked out Wisbech Town against Dunston UTS as potentially the tie of the fourth round, and the match ended 2-2, with a replay being played this Saturday, January 28th. Amazingly, that is the first draw for Wisbech since October 8th! There are three replays in total:

Dunston UTS v Wisbech Town
Three Bridges v Gresley
Runcorn Town v Billingham Synthonia

All these matches take place this Saturday, January 28th.

Whitley Bay, who have won the last three FA Vase tournaments, continued their assault on this year’s competition with a 5-0 mauling of South Park FC. Currently, Bay are unbeaten in a record 29 Vase matches, while striker Paul Chow has now scored in the last 13 rounds of the competition! He netted a hattrick against South Park, and has 33 goals in the competition for Whitley Bay, who have been drawn at home against West Auckland Town in the fifth round. Bay have now been dealt home ties in every round of this season’s competition.

The full draw is below, and is listed in the order the fixtures were drawn.

Tividale v Peterborough Northern Star
Shortwood United v Ashington
Staveley MW v Oadby Town
Billingham Synthonia or Runcorn Town v Bournemouth
Wisbech Town or Dunston UTS v Bethnal Green United
Whitley Bay v West Auckland Town
St Ives Town v Gresley or Three Bridges
Herne Bay v Larkhall Athletic

The fifth round takes place on Saturday, February 11th 2012.