This weekend, North West Counties sides Chadderton and Glossop North End are in FA Vase action looking to reach the last 16 and earn themselves a cool £2000.
Chadderton are to host AFC Mansfield, while Glossop travel to Worksop Town, and while both teams won’t find it easy, they can at least have a sense of optimism following their performances in the competition so far this season.
How They Got There:
Round 1 – Dronfield (a) L 2-1
Round 2 – AFC Darwen (a) W 5-3
Round 3 – Newcastle Befield (h) W 2-1
Ok, Chadderton lost in the first round but were handed a reprieve after Dronfield Town fielded an ineligible player, they say you need a bit of luck along the way to win a cup competition, could this be it for Chadderton? However the next two games showed that they also have the quality to go with the little bit of luck.
After two postponements, it was 3rd time lucky when they overcame AFC Darwen, and despite going 3-0 down a second half fightback saw them run out 5-3 winners and set up a tie with Northern League side Newcastle Benfield. We all know the quality of the Northern League, so a 2-1 win over them was a fantastic result for the side.
Glossop North End
Round 1 – West Didsbury & Chorlton (a) W 2-1
Round 2 – Ryehope CW (h) W 3-0
Round 3 – 1874 Northwich (a) W 3-0
A tight 2-1 win over NWCFL rivals West Didsbury saw Glossop through the first round to set up a tie with Ryehope CW of the Northern League, a home draw could have been key as they were easily brushed aside by a dominant GNE who were on a fantastic run of form at that time. Following the 2nd round tie, Glossop lost their second league game of the season against 1874 Northwich, and it was them who provided the opposition in Round 3 a week later. This time round, Glossop were no match for 1874 who ran out winners 3-0 in a hard fought game between the two high-flying NWCFL sides.
What can we expect of them in Round 4? Chadderton host AFC Mansfield who are from the Northern Counties East League and play in division one, so are at the same level as themselves. They have ex Scarborough manager Rudy Funk in charge and are in great form in all competitions. Currently sitting in 5th place in the league and unbeaten in 6 games, they will provide Chadderton with tough competition, Chadderton themselves have only played twice since their last game in this competition and both have ended up 2-2, taking their unbeaten run to 6 games too, an exciting game in prospect at the MCA Stadium.
Glossop and Worksop should have caught the eye of many when the draw was made. Worksop were in the EvoStik Northern Premier League last season and missed out on promotion via the play-offs, however financial difficulties saw them drop down the divisions and end up in the NCEL. Currently sitting third in what seems the tightest NCEL division for some time, Worksop are in fantastic form. Scoring goals aplenty with 78 in 23 league games and conceding 25, similar to Glossop who do have a better defensive record though, in 24 games GNE have scored 75 but only conceding 10. Predict the outcome of this one if you can.