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