It’s sure to be a fantastic afternoon of FA Vase football at Sandygate this Saturday when Toolstation NCEL Division One side Hallam welcome Northern League Division One side Hebburn Town to the Oldest Football Ground in the World. The Tyne and Wear based Hornets are highly ranked in the Competition, so Joint Manager, Scott Bates knows that his players will have to be somewhere near their best to win this Second Round contest, writes Colin Muncie.
Scott is well aware that Hebburn – whose 4-0 First Round home win over City of Liverpool was marred by unsavoury scenes outside their ground at full time – but who sit fourth in their Division will present his own side, unbeaten in their last twelve in all competitions, with a stern examination at the weekend. He told the Bootiful Game, “It’s the biggest test for all our players. It’s a game which is great to be involved in with us up against one of the favourites. We will give it our best shot – that’s all we can ask.”
“As a club we are really looking forward to this fixture.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth, has had Hebburn watched, but admits that on the day, his side are probably the underdogs going into the tie. “What a game for everyone to look forward to – it doesn’t get much bigger,” Dean admitted. ”It’s probably the biggest game in recent history for the club. We’ve got a report about them, but at the end of the day we are going to have to be superb and they are going to have to have an off-day.”
Dean is well aware that Hebburn are capable of going all the way in the Vase. “I think they are second favourites to win it outright – that’s how big a task it is,” Dean admitted, “but we will concentrate on ourselves as usual and we know that we can be competitive against anyone.”
The FA Vase Second Round Tie will be our special feature game this weekend.