As the clubs in the FA Vase get a little more unknown – to us at least – we thought we bring you three nuggets of information on the three sides Bracknell, Windsor and Thatcham will face in the forthcoming Third Round.
You can see the date of the third round ties here.
Lordswood (host Bracknell Town)
A suburb of Chatham, Lordswood is sandwiched between Gillingham to the north and Maidstone to the south in Kent next to the M2.
Their 20th consecutive season in the FA Vase – Lordswood’s best run was to the fourth round in 2012/13 when they were knocked out by eventual winners Spennymoor Town. They reached the third round in 2015/16.
Started in the First Qualifying round back in August after finishing 16th in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division last season meaning they’ve competed and won through all possible rounds of the competition so far.
Sevenoaks Town (travel to Thatcham Town)
Just/kind of North West of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and South of the M26 – Sevenoaks have been there or thereabouts in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division for the last three seasons finishing 8th, 5th and last season 3rd.
The replay victory over Haywards Heath on Tuesday means this seasons FA Vase run is the best ever in the clubs 14 year history of entering the competition. They previously reached the Second Round in 2006/07.
Top the SCEFL Premier by three points and have four games in hand on second placed Croydon and have the meanest defence in the league conceding just eight goals in 12 games.
Walton & Hersham (host Windsor)
The Swans are only in their second season of FA Vase competition following their relegation from the Isthmian League (Bostik) at the end of the 2015/16 season. They started in the first qualifying round this season and have already bettered the previous seasons best performance when they reached the second round.
The club moved from their dilapidated (but proper) old ground Stompond Lane in the summer – famed for it’s running, track to the newly built Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub. Any Stompond Lane fans out there will be pleased to know the club have retained the running track around their pitch.
One morsel from Wikipedia, Sir Stanley Matthews was briefly the clubs president in the 80s.