Hinckley AFC and Buckland Athletic play arguably the biggest games in their respective histories tomorrow when they meet at St John’s Park in the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase.
With the two sides just three ties away from walking out at Wembley on May 21st, Carl Abbott’s side will be looking to reach the quarter finals for the first time in their history with victory over The Bucks this weekend.
Similarly, Buckland are also hoping to reach the quarter finals for the first time ever. They will make the long trip up from the South West hoping to continue their fine run on the road in this competition that has seen them defeat Chichester City, Horsham YMCA and former winners Sholing all away from home, as well as Newport (Isle of Wight) at home.
They didn’t enter this season’s competition until the first round proper, whereas Hinckley came in at the very start of the qualifying rounds. Wins over Holbrook Sports, Greenwood Meadows, Wolves Sporting, Paget Rangers, Quorn and Berkhamsted later, they now find themselves in the last 16.
The Devon outfit play a level higher than Hinckley and will arrive at St John’s Park having not been defeated since the middle of October. Since that defeat to Melksham Town they have gone 13 games unbeaten, winning 12 of them.
Hinckley, meanwhile, have lost their last two games against the top two sides in their league will want to right the wrongs of the last fortnight with victory that would continue their best ever run in the competition.
Should the tie be level after 90 minutes, extra time will be played. If the sides still can’t be separated after the additional half hour, the replay will take place at Buckland’s Homers Heath ground next Saturday, kick off 3pm.
The winners of the tie will progress to the last eight of the competition, the draw for which is made on Monday, and will receive £1,875 from the FA’s prize fund.
Under 16s: £2