Thrapston are ready for their big day in the Vase

Ian Walker leads Thrapston Town into the first round proper of the FA Vase for the first time tomorrow
Ian Walker leads Thrapston Town into the first round proper of the FA Vase for the first time tomorrow

Thrapston Town are gearing up for one of the biggest games in the club’s history.

Ian Walker’s UCL Division One side take on Leverstock Green at Chancery Lane tomorrow (Saturday) in what will be their first-ever appearance in the first round proper of the Buildbase FA Vase.

And while their league results have been somewhat mixed of late, Walker believes his team have an opportunity in front of them.

“It’s certainly the furthest the club have gone in the competition so it does make it a very big day for us,” he said.

“There is a lot of buzz around the place and it’s great to be at home. We have been doing what we can to create a bit of interest around the town and hopefully a few more people will come along and support the players.

“It’s been a bit strange for us recently because our results haven’t been great but I think we have been playing pretty well.

“It’s going to be tough against Leverstock but I am sure we have enough about us to match them.”

Fourteen games unbeaten and now Desborough Town are off to Wembley!

It is, however, only the first round proper of the FA Vase this weekend but Ar Tarn are gearing up to take on Wembley in the hope that they can get on a run towards another visit to the home of English football later in the season.

And, in the form they’re in at the moment, who would bet against it?

Desborough moved up to second in the United Counties League Premier Division as they extended their fine run of form with a 1-0 win over Sileby Rangers on Tuesday night, which came after a 4-2 success at Wisbech Town last weekend.

So, as they prepare to travel to Wembley for Saturday’s clash, does Chris Bradshaw believe his team can return there for the final in May next year?

“Let’s just see if we can get through on Saturday first,” the Ar Tarn manager joked.

“Wembley are very similar to us. They are on a great run and they are up to second in their league. I have been keeping a close eye on them since the draw was made and I think they have won every game since then!

“So it’s going to be tough. But I am hopeful that we can make it through. I want to have a good run in the Vase.

“We can look back on what has been another really good week for us.

“It was a good performance at Wisbech against a team who were on the up and I thought we went there and bossed it.

“And Tuesday night turned out to be the game I expected it to be.

“Me and (Sileby manager) Lee Duffy know each other well and we know a few of the players on each other’s team and it ended up being one of those horrible, scrappy games.

“But we got the goal and we got the clean sheet in a game of few chances.

“People keep talking about the run we are on and I think it is helping us.

“Every time the players go out there, they just want to keep it going and it’s driving them on.”

Shaun Sparrow believes the fact Rothwell Corinthians have reached the first round of the FA Vase is another sign of how far the club have come in recent years.

Corinthians travel to Waltham Forest on Saturday having enjoyed a 3-1 victory at Harrowby United in the UCL Premier Division last weekend.

And joint-boss Sparrow believes this welcome break from the league is something his players should relish.

He joked: “If they don’t fancy this one then they probably need to take up badminton!

“We have had a midweek off, which was nice and we can look forward to this one.

“The cup is for the players, it’s a chance to progress, it’s a one-off game and it is a day that should be enjoyed.

“The fact we are in the first round proper of the FA Vase is another sign of how far the club has come.

“I think Waltham Forest are going well but we are on a decent run as well. We are looking forward to it.”