Wisbech Town face 204-mile round trip to Racing Club Warwick in FA Vase Second Round

WISBECH Town face a 204-mile round trip to Racing Club Warwick in the FA Vase Second Round.

Steve Appleby’s Fenmen will travel to the Midlands Combination Premier Division outfit on November 19 as they look to continue their dream of reaching a Wembley final in May.

Wisbech - who play at Step 5 of the non-league ladder - should be favourites against their Step 6 opposition, currently mid-table in their own division.

And in four previous matches against The Racers, formed in 1919 under the name Saltisford Rovers before changing their name in 1970 (due to the closeness with the city’s racecourse), Wisbech have yet to taste defeat.

The Fenmen beat them 3-1 at home and drew 2-2 at Townsend Meadow in the Southern League Midland Division (the equivalent of today’s Step 4) during the 1997/98 season.

The following campaign they enjoyed greater success doing the double over the Warwickshire club thumping them 4-0 at home and winning 3-0 away.

Warwick have endured a miserable few seasons after being relegated from Step 5 in 2008/09, finishing bottom of their league last season. They were not relegated.

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However, Appleby’s troops will not be able to take their Vase opponents lightly after they dumped Stratford Town, who play at the same level as Wisbech, out of the competiton with a fine 4-0 away win at the weekend.

The club’s finest ex-player is former England ‘keeper and current West Brom shot-stopper Ben Foster.

Wisbech set up the tie by beating Ridgeons Premier Division Walsham-le-Willows 3-0 after extra time in their first round tie at the weekend.

They picked up �900 for progressing to the second round where �1,200 is up for grabs for the game’s victors.

The FA Vase Second Round draw in full

Squires Gate v Winsford United

Glasshoughton Welfare v Runcorn Town

Dunston UTS v Blackwell MW

Bridlington Town v Gillford Park

Ashville v Staveley MW

Billingham Town v Glossop North End

Newcastle Benfield v Barton Town Old Boys

West Auckland Town v Bacup Borough

Ashington v Norton & Stockton Ancients

Billingham Synthonia v Crook Town AFC

Eccleshill United v Armthorpe Welfare

Parkgate v Bedlington Terriers

Whitley Bay v Tadcaster Albion

Padiham v Askern Villa

Guisborough Town or Consett AFC v Ramsbottom United

Barnoldswick Town v Spennymoor Town

Norton United v Ellesmere Rangers

Stafford Town v Brocton

Boston Town v Gornal Athletic

Godmanchester Rovers v Bloxwich United

Gresley v King’s Lynn Town

Deeping Rangers v Cogenhoe United

Tipton Town v Bardon Hill Sports

Oadby Town v St Andrews

Long Eaton United v St Ives Town

Boldmere St Michaels v Peterborough Northern Star

Harborough Town or Stewarts & Lloyds Corby v Holbrook Sports

Racing Club Warwick v Wisbech Town

Spalding United v Tividale

Mildenhall Town v Sporting Bengal United

Felixstowe & Walton United v Bethnal Green United

Ampthill Town v Haringey & Waltham Development

ong Buckby v Dunstable Town

Newport Pagnell Town v Stansted

Leverstock Green v Enfield 1893

Tring Athletic v Haringey Borough

Diss Town v Buckingham Town

Woodbridge Town or Witham Town v Team Bury

Royston Town v Thetford Town

Southend Manor v Whitton United

Blackfield & Langley v VCD Athletic

Rye United v Three Bridges

Alton Town v Wantage Town

Reading Town v Erith Town

Old Woodstock Town v Witney Town

Egham Town v Cowes Sports

Tunbridge Wells v Chichester City

Pagham v Peacehaven & Telscombe

Hanworth Villa v Deal Town

Ringmer v Binfield

South Park v Fawley

Herne Bay v Winchester City

Littlehampton Town v Flackwell Heath

Lancing v Guildford City

Ilfracombe Town v Winterbourne United

Bemerton Heath Harlequins v Saltash United

Bishop Sutton v Shortwood United

Willand Rovers v Highworth Town

Bodmin Town v Larkhall Athletic

Bournemouth v Torpoint Athletic

Cadbury Heath v Falmouth Town AFC

Bitton AFC v Cullompton Rangers

Christchurch v Melksham Town

Barnstaple Town v Downton

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