Carlisle United took a massive step towards another Wembley appearance last night taking a 4-0 lead in the first leg of the JPT Northern Final last night at Brunton Park. Although Carlisle only managed 6 shots on goal their finishing was clinical and when Tom Taiwo added their second goal after 23 minutes the game was effectively over given Huddersfield lack of attacking ambition. A repeat trip to Wembley will give Carlisle the chance to exorcise the memory of last seasons final which ended in a 4-1 humiliation against Southampton.
Should they progress they will face either Exeter or Brentford who drew 1-1 in the 1st leg of the Southern area final.
The draw for the 4th round of the FA Cup has thrown up a few interesting ties and at least one lower league club will be in the 5th round draw after Torquay United were drawn against Conference side Crawley Town.
There are 4 all Premier League Ties, the pick of which is probably the all London Clash between Fulham & Tottenham, while the Lancashire Derby between Bolton & Wigan will also attract a lot of interest.
FA Cup fourth round draw:
Torquay v Crawley Town
Watford v Brighton
Bolton v Wigan
Arsenal or Leeds v Huddersfield
Fulham v Tottenham
Everton v Chelsea
Southampton v Manchester United
Swansea v Leyton Orient
Burnley v Burton Albion
Birmingham v Coventry
Doncaster Rovers or Wolves v Stoke or Cardiff
Notts County v Leicester or Man City
Stevenage v Reading
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers
West Ham v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield Wednesday v Hereford
With only one tie to settle the draw for the 4th round of the 2011 FA Vase is now nearly complete. The ties are scheduled for Saturday 22nd January 2011.
FA Vase 4th Round Draw
Dunstable Town v Willand Rovers
Bloxwich United v Torpoint Athletic
Leverstock Green v Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Gresley v St Neots Town
Norton & Stockton Ancients v Kings Lynn Town
Holbrook Sports v Lancing
Poole Town v St Ives Town
Bitton AFC v Coalville Town
Bodmin Town v Stansted
Long Buckby v Ashington
Herne Bay v Whitley Bay
Guildford City v Leiston
Cadbury Heath v Spennymoor Town
Staveley MW v Rye United
Runcorn Town v Dunston UTS or Heather St Johns
Billingham Synthonia v Tadcaster Albion
Whitley Bay who are trying for an unprecedented third consecutive FA Vase Trophy win took a massive stride forward with an impressive 7-1 win over AFC Liverpool on Satuurday to advance to the last 32 of the competition. They now face a tricky trip to Herne Bay, but on this form they will fancy their chances of getting a replay at least.
Another team we are watching in the competition Bemerton Heath Harlequins had an impressive win at St Blazey and will now face another away trip to Leverstock Green.
Saturdays FA Vase 3rd Round Results
Dunkirk 1 – 2 Ashington
Shildon 0 – 2 Coalville Town
Whitley Bay 7 – 1 AFC Liverpool
Beckenham Town 1 – 2 Kings Lynn Town
Bitton AFC 4 – 1 Newport (IOW)
St Blazey 1 – 2 Bemerton Heath Harlequins