IRLAM FC make the short trip to Atherton LR's Crilly park ground tomorrow as they begin their FA Vase campaign, with hopes of a repeat of last season's campaign in the early stages of the competition.
Victories in the first two rounds, a 1-0 home victory over Selby Town FC at the Ambitek Stadium was followed by a 3-0 victory away at Humberside Club Westella and Willerby pushed the Club into the 1st Round proper. A trip to the North East would end our involvement in the competition, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of a decent Newcastle Benfield FC side was disappointing but gained our players valuable experience in the Vase.
A disappointing exit in the preliminary round of the FA Cup this season, a last minute winner by Abbey Hey, has made the players and management doubly determined to make the most of the 2nd chance of FA competition.
With the squad now at full strength, and no injuries or suspensions to players,the side look to build on strengthening form ahead of tomorrows trip.
A well deserved 3-0 defeat of in form West Didsbury last weekend put a marker down for the standards required and Irlam Manager Michael Dodd will be hoping for a continuation of that form going into tomorrows game.
The home side currently sit in 14th spot in Division One. With two victories so far in their campaign, it has been noted that both wins came at Crilly Park, with Atherton certainly able to make the most of their pitch at their home ground.
A home tie against either Daisy Hill or Yorkshire side Parkgate FC awaits the winners.
3pm kick off.
Ground: Crilly Park
Address: Spa Road,
Updated 20:19 - 8 Sep 2017 by warren dodd