The FA Vase returns to Rowley Lane this weekend, with Lions able to host the famous competition on home turf for only the second season.
Lions have played a number of years in the famous old cup, but have always played home games at ground-share venues prior to having the necessary stadium requirements at Rowley Lane last season, where we had our record attendance, beating Clapton in front of 197 fans.
We ultimately lost 1-0 away to quarter finalists Leighton Town, which only goes to show how tantalising the prospect of a good run is.
The Buildbase FA Vase is one of the major non-league trophies in football, and has over 500 entrants nationwide from teams competing below Step 4 of the non-league pyramid, with a final at Wembley up for grabs.
This weekend sees us in the second qualifying round, having been given a bye, but facing a tough test against Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side Biggleswade United.
Biggleswade sit tenth in the league but needed extra time to beat Herts County League Wormley Rovers in their opening tie this year. Interestingly, they also boast sports correspondent Guillem Balague as their Director of Football, and maybe he’ll be along this weekend rather than watch La Liga. His influence enabled United to once boast ex-Chelsea and Espanyol midfielder Enrique De Lucas in their ranks.
Biggleswade United have been around for over 50 years and like Lions have risen through their County league over this time and are a very good, well-run club who we look forward to hosting at the weekend. Click here to visit their website>
Lions hope to welcome back some players from recent absence and try and get through to the first round proper.
Lions record in the FA Vase
This season will be only Lions sixth season in the competition to date, with our best performance coming in 2013/14 and – equalled last season – when we made it through to the 2nd Round Proper, ultimately losing to Bostik League Brightlingsea Regent in 2013 and then to Leighton Town last season.
|2011/12||1st Qual.||London APSA||H||Lost||1-2||D Soutar|
|2012/13||1st Qual.||Welwyn Garden City||A||Won||3-0||D Soutar, B Ellis, TJ Keterman|
|2nd Qual.||St. Margaretsbury||A||Won||3-0||S Sloma, D Bern, TJ Keterman|
|1st Round||Codicote||H||Won||2-1||A Bolle, D Stanton|
|2nd Round||Brightlingsea Reg.||H||Lost||2-3||A Bolle, B Elliis|
|2013/14||1st Qual.||FC Romania||H||Won||3-2||D Soutar, B Ellis, M Sacks|
|2016/17||1st Qual.||Burnham Ramblers||A||Lost||1-2||Au. Lipman|
|2017/18||1st Qual.||Wootton Blue Cross||A||Won||3-2*||A Burchell 2, C Kasler|
|2nd Qual.||Malmesbury Vic.||H||Won||3-1||S Hamerton, OG, Au. Lipman|
|1st Round||Clapton||H||Won||3-2||A Burchell 2, C Kasler|
|2nd Round||Leighton Town||A||Lost||0-1|