Brantham, Hadleigh, Stanway and Ipswich Wanderers handed tough FA Vase away days

Shane Wardley scores for Hadleigh against Wisbech, in last season's FA Vase.

Shane Wardley scores for Hadleigh against Wisbech, in last season's FA Vase. - Credit: Archant

All four Thurlow Nunn Premier Division teams have been drawn away in the second round of the FA Vase, to take place on Saturday, November 22.

The current league champions, Hadleigh United, who bowed out at the fifth round stage last season, start their road to Wembley with a trip to Division One outfit Great Yarmouth Town.

Elsewhere, Brantham Athletic, the region’s main protagonists in the Vase over the last couple of years go to Wembley FC.

Paul Abrahams’ Blue Imps lost in the fourth round against East Preston last season and to Shildon, in the fifth round, in 2013. They are currently mid-table in Thurlow Nunn Premier.

Stanway Rovers travel to play Watford-based Sun Sports, while Ipswich Wanderers’ reward for their 1-0 home victory over Cockfosters is an away day at Stansted-based St Margaretsbury, who play in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division.

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Glenn Read’s side won by Craig Jennings’ solitary goal at the weekend, although home goalkeeper Jack Spurling was in good form as he kept a clean sheet for the hosts.

The carrot for any team reaching the Vase final is an appearance at Wembley and Wanderers’ chairman Terry Fenwick is excited at the prospect of another potential cup run.

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“It is my dream and the dream of the manager and the players,” said Fenwick, whose club earned £900 in prize money for Saturday’s win.

“It was a dream to see the team reach Portman Road in my first season, with Glenn as manager, we managed to beat Whitton and I think about that night nearly every week of my life.

“OK, we went back the next season and lost but it was a great occasion.

“The dream is to get to Wembley in the FA Vase and long may that continue, but we also have to think about our league position too.

“We want to remain in the top-half of the table and don’t want to slip up and let all our hard work go to waste.

The winners of the ties will each pick up £1,200 from the FA’s prize fund.

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