FA Vase preview: Chester-le-Street vs Ryhope CW

Colliery Welfare get their FA Vase campaign underway with a trip to Moor Park in the 1st Qualifying Round on Saturday.

The lads will be looking to put a long run of defeats behind them that continued in Hebburn last weekend, as well as hoping to progress to the 2nd round of qualifying.

We still currently have an extensive injury list, however the lads we’ve added to the squad for cover have settled in well and hopefully it shouldn’t have too much impact on Saturday’s game.

Last season we managed one of the best runs in the FA Vase in the club’s history when we reached the 2nd Round Proper before going out to North West Counties League side City of Liverpool FC.

Last season’s run saw wins over Guisborough and Northallerton in qualifying before an emphatic 10-1 win over Harrogate Railway in the 1st Round.

The 2nd Round saw a 2-1 home defeat to City of Liverpool, the well-supported club bringing around 250 fans to Recreation Park.

We faced Chester-le-Street in cup competition last season when we got knocked out of the Durham Challenge Cup, an Alex White hat-trick ensuring a 3-1 defeat, days after our Vase heroics against Harrogate.

We’ll be hoping for a different result this time round against the Northern League Division Two side who have had a good start to this season.

Colin Wake’s men finished 14th in Division Two last season, but currently sit 2nd with 5 wins from 5 games.

Clearly not a side to be underestimated, hopefully we can come away with a much needed win and kick-start a good run of our own.

FA Vase

Venue: Moor Park, Chester-le-Street, DH2 3RW

Kick-Off: 3:00PM

Date: Saturday, September 1st

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