Tadcaster Albion powered through to the next round of the FA Cup last weekend, and want to repeat the feat in the FA Vase this Saturday when they journey to Northern Leaguers Esh Winning in the first round qualifying (3pm).
Albion comfortably surpassed Norton and Stockton Ancients 3-0 in the Cup’s preliminary qualifying round and await Holker Old Boys on September 8.
They then returned to the NCEL Premier on Bank Holiday Monday, coming through 2-1 at Arnold Town.
Providing they won’t face a Vase replay on Tuesday, Albion face a long trip to Heanor Town in the Premier on Wednesday night (7.45pm).
Ten years ago, manager Paul Marshall was leading Harrogate Railway all the way to the second round proper, and he’s eager for FA Cup fortune to smile on Albion in the same way.
It’s both a competition he enjoys and one Albion can net serious financial rewards from the longer they stay in it.
But the price of success in the cups is a backlog of league games. Albion will play nine matches in September, quite a strain on their small squad.
“I do enjoy the FA Cup, we did very well against Halifax last year and this year I’d like to get us one stage further than the second qualifying round,” said Marshall.
“We’ll have a home tie in the next round but we’ll also have to play nine games this September and that’s a hell of a lot with a small squad we’ve no reserves this year.
“That’s the downfall of cups, you end up with more midweek games.
“But we got £1,750 for Saturday, and we’ll get £3,000 if we win the next stage and that’s not to be sniffed at.”
Meantime, it’s on to the Vase.
“Esh Winning were one of the sides Railway beat 10 years ago,” said Marshall.
“We’ll be going for the win, although we’ll be missing Danny Gray and Nick Thompson this weekend, and Louie Swain is not eligible for this match.”
Nick Thompson, Charlie Binns and Gray were all on target against Norton on Saturday, in a comfortable win for Albion. Gray then netted bothgoals at Arnold on Monday, one from the spot.
“Norton and Stockton weren’t the best side and I knew that after watching them against Pontefract,” said Marshall
“Arnold was scrappy. We got a penalty and then they scored from a rebounded free kick. But the second half was one way traffic and after the second goal we could have had four more.”