Wroxham set for Vase test

Viv ThomasWroxham are gearing up for an FA Vase fourth-round replay tussle at Trafford Park tomorrow (Saturday) - weather willing. After last weekend's tie on a mudbath of a pitch in Yorkshire ended in a draw, the Yachtsmen are due to host Armthorpe Welfare again, kick-off 3pm.Viv Thomas

Wroxham are gearing up for an FA Vase fourth-round replay tussle at Trafford Park tomorrow (Saturday) - weather willing.

After last weekend's tie on a mudbath of a pitch in Yorkshire ended in a draw, the Yachtsmen are due to host Armthorpe Welfare again, kick-off 3pm.

But, with the weather worsening, there may have to be a pitch inspection tomorrow morning to see if the game can go ahead.

The original fourth-round tie in Yorkshire was postponed because of the big freeze so it has been a frustratingly long wait for both sides to see who will progress in the competition.


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Wroxham secretary Chris Green said: 'I'm not aware of any [squad] problems, the weather is the one thing which is now against us. We are considering whether we have to have a pitch inspection first thing in the morning. It's in the lap of the gods, as they say.'

The Norfolk side felt they had the better chances last weekend when it ended one apiece - and will be determined to put the tie to bed tomorrow if they get on the pitch to play.

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In the fifth round, next Saturday, the winners of today's replay will visit Royston Town, from the Molten Spartan South Midlands League, who beat Tipton Town 2-1 after extra time.

The Yachtsmen played Royston in a pre-season friendly and won 2-1. But they wouldn't take anything for granted as both teams have undergone changes since then and would prepare differently for such a big game, Green stressed.

Wroxham manager David Batch said: 'We're still in it. We played ok [on Saturday] but I think we can play a lot better. I will be hoping we can up our game and approach it differently.

'It was a really entertaining game to watch - the best game I have seen all season, with end-to-end chances. I think the chances we created were better. It would have been harsh on either team to go out.'

Armthorpe opened the scoring through Paul Ashton and the Yachtsmen levelled soon afterwards thanks to Gareth Simpson.

In extra time Armthorpe hit a post and Wroxham had good efforts through Paul Cooke, twice, and Matty Daniels but the match deservedly finished 1-1.

Goalkeeper Scott Howie put in some excellent saves to keep Wroxham's FA Vase dreams alive - now all it needs is for the weather to get onside.

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