Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Billingham Are Hoping They Can Blossom in the Vase

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Billingham Are Hoping They Can Blossom in the Vase

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Byline: RAY SIMPSON

BILLINGHAM Town are hoping to reach the third round of the FA Buildbase Vase for the first time in 12 years at home to Ryhope CW on Saturday.

Town had an excellent 4-0 away win at Ashton Town in the last round, and added to last week's great league win at Team Northumbria, they're pretty confident ahead of the game at Bedford Terrace.

Manager Barry Oliver said: "All the lads are really looking forward to the game and hopefully progress into the next round. Ryhope are a good team and will be a tough test for us. We're looking to get a good crowd and give our brilliant fans something to cheer about - they were superb in our last Vase game at Ashton Town."

Defender Ste Oakley and midfielder Clayton MacDonald are both suspended.

Stockton Town are hoping their dream debut in the Vase continues when they go to Sunderland RCA from a division above them in the Northern League.

Stockton have already beaten four times winners Whitley Bay, Holker Old Boys and Eccleshill to get this far, and manager Micky Dunwell, who chooses from a full squad, said: "We've had a blip in the league recently, but that was our own doing. Hopefully we've learned from that and we can move on.

We're going into the game with nothing to lose, just like the Whitley Bay game."

Marske United have a tough tie at South Shields, one of the competition favourites. They've already played Graham Fenton's men twice this season, beating them in the FA Cup and drawing with them in the league.

Manager Carl Jarrett said: "We're looking forward to the game against a strong team whom we have done well against twice already this season."

Defender Adam Wheatley returns after suspension, but Adam Ramsbottom is banned.

Marske have lost just twice in ten away league games this season, and in midweek they had a good 2-2 draw at Ashington.

In the Northern League, Guisborough are looking for a much-needed boost from their away game at Consett, and have Gary Wood, Tom Blythe and Steve Roberts all injured. …

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