Cup specialists Borrowash Vics out to impress in FA Vase
BORROWASH Victoria play their third cup game in as many matches tomorrow when they welcome Northampton Spencer to the Watkinson Construction Bowl for the second round of the FA Vase.
Vics drew 2-2 with Anstey Nomads in the EMCL Cup last Saturday and beat Shirebrook Town 2-0 on Wednesday night.
And Mark Wilson's side are keen to maintain their good form in cup competitions against the United Counties League Division One side.
"The manner of the performance against Shirebrook was first class and the players deserve credit," said Wilson.
"What's important is that we take this momentum into the Vase game tomorrow.
"Northampton Spencer are a strong outfit and we need to impose our game on them and keep this work ethic if we are to progress.
"We're in good form, though, and I was delighted for Ant Tansley, who scored against Shirebrook and impressed me with his work ethic, because he wasn't feeling 100%.
"And I was also pleased for young Callum Thompson, who is growing in stature."
Wilson wants as many local football supporters to come and cheer on his side and the club are offering Derby County season ticket holders reduced entry tomorrow.
Holbrook Sports visit Black Country Rangers, who are currently top of the step 6 West Midlands Regional League.
Lee Mitchell will miss out due to work commitments while Simon Lillie is cup-tied. Cory Bowler is suspended, Aaron Brady on holiday and Paul Fisher injured.
But Sports welcome back keeper Danny Graves, who will replace Lillie in goal, Gerome Palmer, Stephen Akers, Sam Ridgard and stalwart striker Vaughn Hallsworth.
Sports are on a high after a midweek win over Long Eaton United set up a third round tie in the Derbyshire Senior Cup with League Two side Chesterfield.
Manager Paul Romney said: "It has been a busy cup week for us and we will have to utilise our squad to the maximum.
"Black Country Rangers are a relatively new side and this is the furthest they have been in the competition so, hopefully, our experiences of the last two years will be of benefit."
Long Eaton United are out to halt their recent dip in form away to Southam United in the Vase.
The Blues travel to Warwickshire on the back of four defeats in five outings since their impressive 11-match unbeaten run was ended.
Mick Galloway's men suffered a third successive loss on Tuesday night, when they were knocked out of the Derbyshire Senior Cup at home by East Midlands Counties League side Holbrook Sports, who won 1-0 after extra-time.
That followed last weekend's 2-1 home reverse against Parkgate, which has left them eighth in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
Southam are 12th in the Midland Combination Premier Division but have been in decent form of late.
They lost six of their opening seven games this season but then went on a nine-game winning streak.
That was ended last month but they have lost only once in 13 outings.
So far in the Vase, Southam have seen off Continental Star and Pegasus Juniors.