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2017/18 Buildbase FA Vase fourth round fixtures and form guide

Everything you need to know as Bracknell Town, Windsor and Thatcham step in to the unknown

2017/18 Buildbase FA Vase fourth round fixtures and form guide

The 2017/18 Buildbase FA Vase enters the fourth round stage on Saturday with three Berkshire sides – Bracknell Town, Windsor and Thatcham Town all vying for a place in the last 16.

Windsor have had the longest route to the the fourth round having started in the first qualifying round while Bracknell and Thatcham both started out in the first round proper after finishing in the Hellenic League’s top four last season.

As our man in the North, Craig Kendall suggested on Wednesday there are no easy games when you get to this stage – all 32 sides with quality in them making it incredibly difficult (along with knowing little about the opponents or relative strength of the opposition) to predict the outcomes – so we’ll leave the odds to Bet Victor!

Blackfield & Langley vs Bracknell Town

Bracknell Town striker TJ Bohane. Photo: Neil Graham.

Bracknell Town striker TJ Bohane. Photo: Neil Graham.

We’ll start with an incredible stat on the hosts who have conceded just one goal since the 14th November. That run covers 11 games – eight of those were consecutive clean sheets meaning the Robins will need their first choice forward line to go in all guns blazing against a side second in the Wessex League Premier Division.

Bracknell Town fans would have been confident going in to this tie – but that might just have been checked by defeat to Hellenic League leaders Highworth Town on Saturday – though if confidence is needed the Robins won their previous nine games which includes two Vase ties and the impressive win over National League South side Hungerford Town in the County Cup.

STATS:

League: Blackfield & Langley (Wessex League Premier – Step 5), Bracknell (Hellenic Premier – Step 5)

Last five games: Blackfield: WWDWW Bracknell: WWWWL

Odds: Blackfield (6/4), Draw (7/2), Bracknell (1/1) – odds by Bet Victor

Your prediction?

Eastbourne Town vs Windsor

Windsor striker Barry Hayles. Photo: Neil Graham.

Windsor striker Barry Hayles. Photo: Neil Graham.

Eastbourne are pushing for promotion in the Southern Counties East Premier but Windsor’s fans will travel in numbers hoping to spring a surprise. Barry Hayles, as is well documented leads the line for Mick Woodham’s side who will need every ounce of the former Fulham strikers guile to get through after a little bit of a dip in form off the back of an impressive nine game winning run.

STATS:

League: Eastbourne Town (Southern Counties East Premier – Step 5), Windsor (Hellenic Premier – Step 5)

Last five games: Eastbourne: WWDWD Windsor: LDWLW

Odds: Eastbourne (4/6), Draw (7/2), Windsor (5/2) – odds by Bet Victor

Your prediction?

Thatcham Town vs Biggleswade

Thatcham Town's Shane Cooper-Clark. Photo: Richard Claypole.

Thatcham Town’s Shane Cooper-Clark. Photo: Richard Claypole.

If you want an impressive run, look no further than Thatcham who have won their last 14 matches in all competitions but will be without striker Liam Ferdinand who is cup tied after appearing for Bracknell Town in the earlier stages of the competition.

The Kingfishers have another former Robin leading the line though in Shane Cooper-Clark who has carried the goal burden over the last season or so and with 35 goals already this season certainly knows where the net is and they’ve strengthened recently with the addition of Jordan Brown from Evo Stik Southern League side Marlow.

STATS:

League: Thatcham (Hellenic Premier – Step 5), Biggleswade (Spartan South Midlands League Premier – Step 5)

Last five games: Thatcham: WWWWW Biggleswade: WWWWW

Odds: Thatcham (4/7), Draw (7/2), Biggleswade (3/1) – odds by Bet Victor

Your prediction?

Tom Canning

<p>Tom is the co-editor of FootballinBracknell. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Trinity Mirror.</p><br />

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