Romans hope to use momentum from the Vase

Steve Sargent's Irchester United side have reached the first round of the FA Vase
Steve Sargent's Irchester United side have reached the first round of the FA Vase

Irchester United’s players are hoping for another cash bonus after being handed a home draw in the first round of the FA Vase.

Last week’s 3-1 win over Crawley Green has set up a first-round tie with Fakenham Town on Saturday, November 1.

The Romans have never reached that stage before and player-coach Matty Freeman has revealed the added incentive to make further progress.

“Winning the last match was worth £1,000,” said Freeman.

“And the club let the players share it among us.

“It’s not a massive amount, but it’s worth having and the money is going to get better as we go through rounds.”

Freeman describes the tie with Fakenham as “a big step up” against a team who play in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

He added: “They have been struggling but they are playing at a better level than us and will be better players.”

Freeman, whose side head to Woodford United tomorrow (Saturday) as they return to UCL Division One duty, says the win over Crawley Green is proof everything is coming together for The Romans.

He said: “We’ve had a nightmare start to the season. Players have come in, then left and we’ve had injuries as well.

“But we have a settled side now, have had a couple of wins and want to keep the momentum going.”

There is a big Division One local derby at Sergeants Lawn tomorrow as fifth-placed Rothwell Corinthians take on second-placed Raunds Town.

Corinthians were beaten 1-0 at home by Bedfont Sports in the FA Vase last weekend but Raunds continued their impressive form by beating Buckingham Town 3-0 before seeing off Blackstones 3-1 in the Knockout Cup on Tuesday.

Thrapston Town face a big test of their credentials as they make the trip to take on leaders Lutterworth Athletic while Whitworth, who beat Thrapston last weekend and then saw off Harborough Town in the cup in midweek, entertain Bourne Town.

Burton Park Wanderers were hammered 9-0 at home by Lutterworth on Tuesday and head to Blackstones tomorrow while Rushden & Higham host Northampton Spencer.

Stewarts & Lloyds, meanwhile, head to third-placed Peterborough Sports.