FA Vase 2022/23 4th Rd Preview

Half of the 32 clubs involved in the FA Vase 4th Round have never gone further in the competition before, so there could be plenty of clubs celebrating personal best runs once the round is completed.

Twelve clubs are in Round 4 for the first time including two clubs competing in the Vase for the very first time, both of which have away draws. Hellenic League Division One side Hartpury University travel to Midland Football League Premier Division opponents Atherstone Town Community Club, Quarter Finalists in the Vase just three years ago.

Northern League Division Two club Horden Community Welfare are involved in a tie that guarantees a club will be in the 5th Round for the first time as they travel to West Didsbury and Chorlton of the North West Counties League Premier Division.

That is one of three ties where the winner is guaranteed to make FA Vase history for the club. Another North West Counties League Premier division side, Bury AFC, host Holker Old Boys from a division below in Division One North of the same League.

The other such tie involves the fourth Step Six club still standing, and the only one of the four with home advantage, as Brixham AFC from South West Peninsula League Premier East Division host Raynes Park Vale from Combined Counties League Premier South Division.

Another Combined Counties League Premier Division Side already making FA Vase history for the club this season is Jersey Bulls who host Romford FC from Essex Senior League. Like the Bulls, Pinchbeck United of United Counties League Premier Division North had only ever made it as far as the 1st Round of the Vase in the past, and they travel to Congleton Town of North West Counties League Premier Division who last reached the 5th Round just two seasons ago.

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Biggleswade United had only previously made it as far as the 2nd Round before this season and they will host Coventry Sphinx of United Counties League Premier Division South who reached the 5th Round just last year.

Erith Town of Southern Counties East League Premier Division are already one round further than they’ve been in the competition before and they travel to Bridgwater United of The Western League Premier Division who are looking to make the 5th Round for the first time in 18 years, although this is only their 9th Vase campaign since then.

Corsham Town of Hellenic League Premier Division have also gone one round further in the Vase than ever done so before and they host Deal Town of Southern Counties East League Premier Division, one of only two former winners still standing in this year’s competition.

The other former winner still standing is of course the current holders, Newport Pagnell Town of United Counties League Premier Division South, who face a tough task at home to Leighton Town of Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division who have reached the Quarter Finals three times in the last five seasons.

That is one of two ties that have occurred in the FA Vase before, meeting just last season with Newport Pagnell progressing on penalties after a one-one draw. The only other repeat tie is Egham Town of Combined Counties League Premier Division North versus Peacehaven and Telscombe of Southern Combination League Premier Division. This will be their third encounter and a third success for Egham will take them into the 5th Round for the first time ever.

North West Counties League Premier Division side AFC Liverpool will also be looking to make 5th Round for the first time as they travel to Eccleshill United of Northern Counties East League Premier Division whose only 5th Round appearance occurred 23 years ago.

Similarly, AFC Wulfrunians of Midland Football League Premier Division will be hoping to reach 5th Round for the first time and they hose Anstey Nomads of United Counties League Premier Division North who reached the 5th Round in both the last two campaigns.

The three remaining ties all involve clubs that have progressed beyond the 4th Round in the past. Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Tring Athletic last made the 5th Round five years ago and they host Walsall Wood of Midland Football League Premier Division who made it as far as the Semi-Finals just two seasons ago.

The Western League Premier Division side Buckland Athletic reached the 5th Round just last season and were Quarter Finalists six years. Their visitors, Ascot United of Combined Counties League Premier Division North, have also reached the Quarter Finals in the past, last doing so for the second time eight years ago.

Two other former Quarter Finalists contest the final tie of the round as another Combined Counties League Premier Division North side, Harefield United, travel to Western League Premier Division opponents, too, in the shape of Clevedon Town who are facing a team beginning with the letter ‘H’ for the first time in the competition in what is their 20th campaign.

Overall, seventeen different Divisions are represented across the sixteen ties, and no club will face opponents in this round whom they would face in League action this season.

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One thought on “FA Vase 2022/23 4th Rd Preview”

  1. Brixham vs Raynes Park Vale is a cracker – some serious miles on the clock for that one. Best of luck to both teams

    whenever the draw is made I nerd out on the logistics of getting amateur teams to play these cherished ties. One of the reasons this tournament is so beloved. Thanks for the outstanding coverage, Phil

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