THATCHAM TOWN move from top of the Hellenic via top of the Wessex to top of the Western when they head to Bristol Manor Farm for Saturday’s Buildbase FA Vase third round.
Having seen off Wessex League leaders Moneyfields 4-0 in the previous round, Town now take on last season’s quarter-finalists at The Creek, the home side on the back of a 16-match unbeaten streak that continued with a 3-1 midweek county cup win over Harwicke, who led until the 80th minute only to concede three goals in the closing stages.
Farm also had to battle to get through the last round when winning 2-1 at home to fellow Western Leaguers Odd Down and last Saturday they scrambled to a 2-1 league win at Clevedon with a late goal from top scorer Dean Stamp, his 16th of the season.
Thatcham meanwhile, were forced to sit on the sidelines all week after a power problem caused the postponement of Saturday’s scheduled home league showdown with second-placed Thame United.
That may have helped Town, as key forward James Tennant would have missed the game and Thame promptly went on to lose 3-1 at Binfield in midweek.
Thame still have four games in hand and with Town wrapped up on cup duty all week, could claim top spot with home games against Tuffley Rovers and Ascot United this week.
Thatcham will have to wait to see if they will face Flackwell Heath in the Hellenic League’s Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup’s third round after Tuesday night’s scheduled home game with Division Two West side Moreton Rangers was called off by the match referee due to a frozen surface.
But they are due to take on Heath in another cup tie on Tuesday night, this time in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup.
TADLEY CALLEVA head to Dorset on Saturday to take on Wessex League newcomers Shaftesbury, who sit one place above Tadley’s sixth spot in the Division One table. They went out of the FA Vase. 21 at home to another Wessex League side Team Solent, and have now lost three of their past four games.
Tadley have midfielder Grant Powell back in their ranks following his return from Amesbury Town.