OMG, They’re Playing Whitley [Bay].
Before I lead you towards any references to the animated series, I can reveal that Kyle, Eric Cartman nor Chef feature in the side drawn to Whitley Bay in the Fourth Round of the F.A. Vase.
South Park’s reward for beating Diss Town 2 – 1 is a trip to Whitley Bay. The Reigate club face a trip and a third to see the defending champions of this competition.
The club was formed some several years before Trey Parker’s maledictive animated series (in 1897). They became founder members of the Redhill and District League. In 2001, the club merged with Reigate Town and renamed themselves as South Park and Reigate Town Football Club. Two years on, its cumbersome moniker was dropped with the club’s name reverting to South Park. They entered the F.A. Vase for the first time in 2008. Last season saw them make their F.A Cup début.
From this point of the competition, the regional element has gone in favour of a national one. Hence some lengthy trips affecting the opponents below. Glossop North End would have copped for the closest one of this selection – a rather nippy two and half hours away along the A1 (M) to Billingham Synthonia. Instead, it is the clash of the chemical towns with Runcorn Town making the journey.
A trip to Devon awaits Staveley Miners’ Welfare where they face Western League Premier Division Willand Rovers. Western League opposition also awaits West Auckland Town in the form of Bitton AFC in Bristol, a good two hours away from Staveley Miners’ Welfare’s opponents. Ashington have the joys of a trip to Newport Pagnell. Though many of us think of the motorway services, even fewer people probably know about the United Counties League Premier Division side.
The Fourth Round Proper Draw (key fixtures):
- Whitley Bay v South Park;
- Willand Rovers v Staveley Miners’ Welfare;
- Bitton AFC v West Auckland Town;
- Newport Pagnell Town v Ashington;
- Billingham Synthonia v Runcorn Town.
All fixtures will be played on the 21st January 2012 at 3.00pm, unless stated otherwise.
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F.A. Vase Third Round Proper Results:
Sadly, I am a week behind on these results. (Probably spent too much time celebrating The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic’s win over Boston United that weekend – or looking at old buses in Cheetham the Sunday after)
Farewell Glossop North End
Our only constituent [East of the M60] in the F.A. Vase bowed out last week ending our sides’ routes to Wembley. Therefore as a consequence, East of the M60 will continue to cover the F.A Vase and the other competitions (though obviously without the local emphasis).
Glossop North End’s Wembley dream evaporated as Runcorn Town beat them 2 – 1 at Surrey Street. The Hillmen took the lead through Jay Gorton. Two second half goals from Scott Burton and James McShane made sure of the Cheshire club’s continued passage to Wembley Way.
Staveley Miners’ Welfare continued their relentless passage to Wembley with a 4 – 0 win at Squires Gate. Ryan Damms damned the Lancashire club to an eventual exit with goals in the 23rd and 56th minutes. Aymen Tahar scored the other two goals in the 43rd and 66th minutes.
Ashington continued their good cup record with a 2 – 0 win against much fancied Spennymoor Town at the Brewery Field. Andrew Johnson and Jonathan Goodmark scored in the 51st and 81st minutes.
Askern Villa’s chances of a Wembley dream ended as West Auckland Town reached the Fourth Round. Mattie Moffat put the visitors ahead after 8 minutes with Askern Villa replying in the 23rd minute thanks to a goal by Mark Vickerage. Michael Rae scored early in the second half with Moffat scoring his second in the 63rd minute. A header from Tom McLaughlin in the 83rd minute gave the home side some hope, but it wasn’t enough despite their attempts to force a replay.
Third Round Proper results (03 December 2011):
- Squires Gate 0 – 4 Staveley Miners’ Welfare;
- Askern Villa 2 – 3 West Auckland Town;
- Spennymoor Town 0 – 2 Ashington;
- Glossop North End 1 – 2 Runcorn Town;
F.A. Vase Fourth Round Proper results: could Whitley Bay maintain their grip on the F.A. Vase, or will South Park pull off a shock victory. All will be revealed on the 21st January 2012.
S.V., 19 November 2011.