FA Vase Match Build Up
This weekend Stockport Sports embark on another potential road to Wembley, this time in the FA Vase
The Saxons are looking to make up for a disappointing early exit from the FA Cup in the opening weeks of the season.
The FA Vase is a national, annual competition for clubs in the eighth tier and lower of the English National League System.
The Saxons face one of the toughest ties imaginable as they must travel to take on Bootle the early season pace setters in the North West Counties League. While the Merseysiders may have slipped down the league table of late it is a spate of postponements rather than poor form that has caused them to lose the league leadership and they still have games in hand on the teams above them.
The Saxons have faced Bootle already this season, crashing to a 2-0 defeat, although on the balance of play they could easily have taken a point from the match. With a much improved squad and in much better form this time around The Saxons will approach the game in a positive frame of mind and Peter Withe's men will feel that they can progress to the next round of the competition.
Each day this week we will look at the upcoming fixture and the FA Vase from a different viewpoint player, supporter, board member, staff etc.
Here The Saxons Director of Operations Wayne Ashworth explains what the FA Vase means to him in his role at the club;
“For the club, The FA Vase is a major part of this season. We are desperate for a successful run in this competition, to see 'our' players walk out on the hallowed turf of Wembley is something you dream about, but the reality is The FA Vase represents the greatest opportunity for non-league clubs to reach a Wembley final, and I want our lads to realise this dream.
This season, 544 clubs have been accepted into the competition, from Abbey Hey to Yorkshire amateurs, each and every one of those teams will have exactly the same dream we have, but if our desire, our determination and our ability is greater than our opponents, then with a bit of lady luck we can go all the way.
In the last few seasons, clubs from the North West Counties League have realised those very dreams, our neighbours Glossop North End did exactly that in 2009. They reaped the financial rewards of that great cup run, Surrey Street (their home ground) is testament to that, and they still talk about "their final" as if it was yesterday, despite the result.
There is no doubt though, that the most difficult game we could have been given was Bootle away, the road to Wembley begins here.”
Saturday's FA Vase tie at The Delta Taxis Stadium, Bootle kicks off at 3pm. A large away following would be a huge boost to The Saxons squad and supporters are urged to attend and back their team as they look to progress in this potentially lucrative competition.