FA Vase Thrid Round Ties 08-01-11

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Although the 8th January 2011 will be more of notice as its FA Cup 3rd Round day there are a few FA Vase 3rd round ties to be settled including current  holders and 2009 winners Whitley Bay, who are looking to make history by winning three on the bounce. If the do win it would be their 4th win as they also took the trophy home in 2002. A win would give them a trip to Herne Bay in the last 32 on 22/01/11.
Bemerton Heath Harlequins finished 3rd in the Wessex League last season – their highest ever placing and they are currently surpassing this lying top. They have only been on the go since 1989 and we will be watching to see how far they can go this season.
The 8 ties still to be settled are:
Westfields v Billingham Synthonia
Dunkirk v Ashington
Shildon v Coalville Town
Whitley Bay v AFC Liverpool
Dunston UTS v Heather St Johns
Gornal Athletic v Runcorn Town
Beckenham Town v Kings Lynn Town
Bitton AFC v Newport (IOW)
St Blazey v Bemerton Heath Harlequins
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Whitley Bay Retain the FA Vase With Record Win

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In front of a crowd of 8920 Whitley Bay retained the FA Vase Trophy with an emphatic 6-1 win over Wroxham who were sadly out classed. The writing was on the wall for Wroxham within 30 seconds of the kick off as Paul Chow headed Whitley Bay into the lead with one of Wembley’s fastest ever goals and although Wroxham fought back to equalise an unfortunate own goal meant that Whitley Bay went in 2-1 up at half time.
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FA Vase Final 9/5/2010 Whitley Bay v Wroxham

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Although most football fans attention will be focused the battle for the Premier League Title on Sunday, fans of a more grass roots style of football will be looking forward to the second of the Non League football finals due to be played at Wembley this month.

In this years final Northern League Division One team Whitley Bay will be hoping to retain the trophy that they won for the second time in 2009 when they face Wroxham who will be appearing in their first final. Whitley Bay will be playing in their newly commissioned Yellow kit as Wroxham who also play in Blue & White have won the toss and will play in their traditional kit.

Wroxham who play in the Eastern Counties Premier League, which is in tier 9 of the football league pyramid system will be slight underdogs in the final but showed they will be no push overs when beating similar status Whitehawk FC 4-1 on aggregate in the semi finals.

Whoever wins it will be a great day for the players and fans and should attract a crowd many times bigger than they will be used to playing in front of and the prize money of around £20,000 to the winners will make a big difference to any team playing at this level.

The FA Vase competition is open to clubs who play in the lower tiers of the football league pyramid and is their equivalent of the FA Trophy which will be competed for on 8th May 2010 between Barrow and Stevenage Borough who have just won promotion to the football league for the first time in their history.

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