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NCEL Managers react to FA Vase and FA Cup draws

The 2018/19 FA Vase and FA Cup qualifying and preliminary rounds were drawn earlier on today – and we caught up with some NCEL managers around the region.

Glasshoughton Welfare

FA Vase: HOME vs Blyth

FA Cup: HOME vs Parkgate or Chesterton

Joint manager Lee Vigars: “Delighted that we’ve been drawn at home in both the FA Cup and FA Vase for this coming season. Our home form for the past 2 years has been outstanding as we try and make it as difficult as possible for our visitors.

“I’ll be doing a fair bit of research on Blyth FC so I can feedback to the boys what to expect, but from experience any side you face from the North East is going to be tough game so we’ll have to be well and truly switched on and ready to go on the day.

“We’ve managed to secure a bye in the first qualifying round of the Vase but then welcome either Parkgate or Chadderton down to Castleford. Parkgate we know plenty about but will still have people going out to watch them should they get through the initial tie.

Glasshoughton Welfare joint managers Lee Vigars and Darren Holmes.

“Chadderton we know nothing about so again it’s a case of doing some digging and finding out what we can and potentially sending scouts across to watch a couple of their games. Two huge fixtures for the club and hopefully the supporters will come down in numbers and make both games memorable occasions.”

Glasshoughton Welfare other joint manager Darren Holmes: “I don’t know much about Blyth at this stage but will try get over to watch them. FA cup is a very special day for club and players and we are really looking forward to it.

“The FA Vase is something I was lucky enough to get to a final with Emley although didn’t play in the final it was a special time and a fantastic weekend away and holds great memories for me so again really looking forward to that too.

“I would have like a game rather than a bye to be honest but also gives us chance to watch either Parkgate or Chatterton. The FA completions have been lucky for me was at Barnsley as a youth and we got to the semi final of the FA youth cup playing Man city Everton and Man United on the way. Great memories of the completion.Lets hope it continues.”

Bridlington Town

FA Vase: HOME vs North Shields or Consett

FA Cup: HOME vs Harrogate Railway Athletic

Bridlington Town manager Curtis Woodhouse: “Happy with the draw, obviously I know nothing about the teams we are playing because at this level the turn around of players each season is vast so I have no idea what Harrogate Railway will be like but the main thing you look for is a home tie and that’s what we have so I’m happy then obviously if we progress we then have another home time against Garforth or Northallerton and again I don’t know much about either but we are at home so I’ll take that. Last year we got South Shields away so this on paper looks a touch easier.”

Harrogate Railway Athletic

FA Vase: HOME vs Silsden

FA Cup: AWAY vs Bridlington Town

Harrogate RA manager Brian Davey said: “Great draw – Bridlington away – I am sure my missus will enjoy the shops! It’s a good draw with possibility of playing me old mate Rob in next game. The clubs really excited and it’s a cup I haven’t won before.”

Nostell Miners Welfare

FA Vase: AWAY vs AFC Blackpool

Nostell MW joint manager Jason Dodsworth.

Joint manager Jason Dodsworth: “It’s an unknown test as are a lot of games in the vase but we will be hoping to try to get a run together in the competition. It’s not a bad place to go really as am sure a few of us will make a good weekend of it. Hopefully after getting w win.”

Grimsby Borough

FA Vase: AWAY vs Worksop Town

FA Cup: AWAY vs Leicester Nirvana

Grimsby Borough Daniel Barrett

Joint manager Daniel Barrett: “Without a doubt both games are difficult ties. Facing higher league opposition is always going to be tough and especially being away. Let’s hope we can hit the ground running and be in the draw for the next round

Eccleshill United

FA Vase: HOME vs Hebburn Town

FA Cup: AWAY Congleton Town

Captain Sam Bradley: “Don’t really know much about the teams we have. All I will say is bring it on… look forward to the challenge. I know the club is really pleased to be back in the FA Cup… Hopefully we can do the club proud & make it a special day. Always take every game as it comes but we will keep a special eye on the fa cup dates.



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