Doughboys get their chance to keep the Wembley dream alive

Wellingborough Town will be bidding to reach the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase this weekend

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 8:16 am
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 8:18 am
Wellingborough Town are dreaming of a day out at Wembley as they return to competitive action in the FA Vase this weekend

Wellingborough Town will be looking to maintain their incredible run in this season’s Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday.

The Doughboys get their chance to keep their Wembley dream alive when they head to uhlsport United Counties League rivals Anstey Nomads at the weekend.

While leagues across the country have been curtailed, the FA Vase was given the go ahead to continue and Jake Stone’s team are now gearing up to return to competitive action having reached the fourth round of the competition for the first time.

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They haven’t played a competitive fixture since booking their place on December 19 when goals from Lloyd Buckby and Dan Stevenson secured a 3-1 success over Norwich United.

It is set to be a tough test, however, as Anstey were sitting on top of the UCL Premier Division with an unbeaten record when the league was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The clash will kick-off at 1pm as matches across the country are moved from 3pm start times to allow the nation to pay its respects to HRH Prince Philip as his funeral will take place at that time.

The winners now know who they will meet in the last 16 after the draw for the fifth round was made earlier this week.

Either Wellingborough or Anstey will travel to Stourport Swifts or Walsall Wood with ties set to be played on April 24.

The winners of this Saturday’s ties will collect £1,875 in prize money while the losers will receive £600.

The uhlsport United Counties League’s Kingfisher Lighting Cups got under way last weekend as teams returned to competitive action.

Rothwell Corinthians made a good start in the Premier Division Cup as they claimed a 2-0 success over GNG Oadby Town at Sergeants Lawn.

Nathan Bobowicz headed home a Dodzi Agbenu corner to give Corinthians a first-half lead and they wrapped it up in stoppage-time thanks to Dylan Robinson.

In the Division One Cup, both Rushden & Higham and Burton Park Wanderers have been placed in Group B.

Wanderers opened up with a goalless draw at Long Buckby but the Lankies went down 3-1 at Bugbrooke, Lewis O’Dell scoring the consolation.