Ready for Vase showdown

Paul Ward.
Paul Ward.

Sleaford Town are setting their sights on a place in the FA Vase’s fourth round - and the £1,300 prize money.

Paul Ward’s side travel to face UCL Premier rivals Yaxley at In2itive Park on Saturday.

And with everything to play for, the winners will be booking their place in the fourth-round proper as well as pocketing the substantial winners’ cheque.

Hitting the road shouldn’t worry the Greens, who have won each of their four previous rounds away from Eslaforde Park.

They progressed after beating Peterborough Sports 3-2 and Downham Town 2-0 in the qualifying rounds before registering a 1-0 success at Raunds Town in the first round.

Their second round victory came at Sporting Bengal United, winning 3-1 with two extra-time goals.

Yaxley defeated London Colney 3-2 in their previous round.

Sleaford have already recorded a league double over the Cuckoos.

Ryan Oliver (two), Joe Smith and Ryan Anderson netted in a 4-0 home win in early September, while Oliver and Jamie Shaw ensured a 2-1 success in Cambridgeshire last month.

Sleaford Town suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat away at Cogenhoe United on Saturday.

The Cooks gained revenge for their opening-day defeat as Eslaforde Park at the weekend, courtesy of Phil Cassidy’s 75th-minute strike.

The dipping effort found the net and settled the destination of the three points.

It was a weekend to forget for the Greens as Sleaford Town Reserves were eliminated from the Lincolnshire League’s Supplementary Cup.

The second string needed a point at home to Hykeham Town to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition, but goals from Ben Wyld, James Slater and Joshua Raby saw them beaten 3-1 at home.

Jac Wright scored for Sleaford.