Doughboys have their date for the FA Vase

The football season may be over for non-League clubs but Wellingborough Town's FA Vase hopes are still alive

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 11:28 am
Wellingborough Town manager Jake Stone

Wellingborough Town’s Wembley dream is still alive even though the league season is over.

While leagues across the country, including the Uhlsport United Counties League, have seen their campaigns ended early for the second year in a row, the Football Association have confirmed that the Buildbase FA Vase will continue.

The Doughboys have enjoyed a superb run in this season’s competition.

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Goals from Lloyd Buckby and Dan Stevenson earned Jake Stone’s team a 2-1 success over Norwich United in the third round on December 19, which was the last time Wellingborough were in action.

But they will get the chance to book a place in the last 16 next month.

The government’s ‘roadmap’ to bring the country out of lockdown will see organised team sports for adults and youngsters start up again from March 29. And that has opened up the opportunity for the FA Vase ties to be scheduled for April.

The Doughboys will now travel to take on Anstey Nomads in the fourth round on Saturday, April 17 (3pm kick-off).

Anstey pose a tough test for Stone’s side as they were sitting on top of the UCL Premier Division table with an unbeaten record after 10 games when the season was halted.

The winners of the tie will collect £1,875 in prize money while the losers will receive £600.