Another FA Vase hurdle for Wroxham

IN the FA Vase, Wroxham will visit the only other Ridgeons League survivors, Needham Market, on February 27 in the quarter-finals if they win at Royston Town on Saturday.

IN the FA Vase, Wroxham will visit the only other Ridgeons League survivors, Needham Market, on February 27 in the quarter-finals if they win at Royston Town on Saturday.

Manager David Batch said: 'You can't win a quarter-final unless you win your tie in the last 16 so there's no point us even thinking about that. We have to deal with the next game and if we do then we can start to think about what it could feel like. Only a fool worries about things that they can't influence.'

He hoped the nature of Saturday's win over Armthorpe Welfare win meant the team would be buzzing for the Royston game. 'We know a little bit about them because we played them here in pre-season and won 2-1. Whether they have the same team or not you don't know, but that game has gone, so does it really matter? It was pre-season after all and who knows how competitive that was.'

Wroxham 1, Armthorpe Welfare 1 (Wroxham win 3-0 on penalties)

THE Yachtsmen edged an epic FA Vase fourth-round replay, winning in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out after four hours of footballing attrition failed to separate two evenly-matched teams.

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Armthorpe struck bar and post in extra-time despite being reduced to 10 men. Welfare stopper Jamie Green then produced a breathtaking close-range tip over to deny Paul Cook before Wroxham's experienced keeper Scott Howie moved centre stage.

He saved James Walker's opening spot-kick and won his personal duels with Welfare duo Green and Liam Nelthorpe, who both blazed over. Wroxham's trio kept their nerve to set up a trip to Molten Spartan South Midlands side Royston.

In normal time, Welfare's Liam Hardy cancelled out Martin McNeil's early headed goal.

Wroxham advanced to the third round of the Ridgeons League Cup on Tuesday night when an extra-time goal by Olly King gave them a 2-1 win at Yarmouth. Sub Joe Bell got a 83rd-minute equaliser after Owen Paynter had put Wroxham in front. Next step on the cup trail for Wroxham is a visit to Needham Market, who they might play in the Vase soon too.

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