The FA Vase kicked off today with the First Qualifying Round and we had 21 SCEFL sides taking part at this stage across 19 ties.
AFC Uckfield Town 0-4 Staplehurst Monarchs
Balham 1-2 Rochester United
Billingshurst 1-3 Hollands & Blair
Bridon Ropes 0-4 Tunbridge Wells
Camberley Town 0-1 Fisher
Corinthian 5-2 Chessington & Hook United
Croydon 3-2 Shoreham
Horsham YMCA 0-4 Faversham Town
Lordswood 5-1 Ash United
Mile Oak 0-3 Bearsted
Molesey 2-3 AFC Whyteleafe
Punjab United 5-1 Godalming Town
Seaford Town 1-2 Holmesdale
Snodland Town 5-1 Tower Hamlets
Sutton Athletic (p)1-1 Pagham
Tooting Bec 0-4 Lingfield
VCD Athletic 3-1 Redhill
Welling Town 5-1 SC Thamesmead
Westside 2-1 Faversham Strike Force
Incredibly, just 4 SCEFL sides departed the competition at this stage, with 2 of those inevitable, as coming up against sides from our own league.
In the all-SCEFL games it was the Premier Division sides that went through at the expense of those from Division One.
Tunbridge Wells raced into a 3-0 lead at Bridon Ropes, who done well to only concede one more in the 85 minutes left on the clock.
Welling Town were 5-1 winners at home to SC Thamesmead.
Apparently there were some ‘Goal of the Season’ contenders from the Boots, with Harvey Brinkley and Maxx Manktelow each rifling in from distance.
Punjab United equalled the Welling score despite going behind in their tie with Godalming Town.
And like Welling, they had five different scorers with Elias London, Arun Suman, Youssouf Bamba, Bailee Cain and Cruis Nyadzayo all finding the net.
Snodland Town and Lordswood were also 5-1 victors.
Jack Bath and Matt Gething hit doubles as Snodland beat Tower Hamlets and David Falako and David Ajao each scored twice for Lordswood at home to Ash United. Ethan Stewart received a bad leg injury during the Lordswood match and as a result a crowdfunding effort has been set-up to help see him through.
There were away wins for Staplehurst Monarchs, Rochester United and Hollands & Blair.
Stanley Oldfield netted twice for Staplehurst at AFC Uckfield, Luis Dos Santos set Rochester on the way to victory at Balham and Tom Walmsley scored a first minute opener for Blair at Billingshurst.
Faversham Town will fancy themselves to go deep in this competition, and got it underway with a 4-0 win at Horsham YMCA. Warren Mfula claimed a hat-trick of for Faversham in that one. Lewis Duberry smashed home a last minute free-kick, for the only goal of the game as Fisher won at Camberley. Corinthian hit 5 in the final 25 minutes, as they knocked out former SCEFL side Chessington & Hook. Croydon edged out Shoreham in a 5-goal classic, while AFC Whyteleafe also won 3-2, with Temi Alaka getting the winner against Molesey. Bearsted were comfortable 3-0 winners after earlier than usual kick off at Mile Oak.
Jeff Duah-Kessie scored twice in a 3-1 VCD Athletic win at home to Redhill and Adeji Ayoeye came off the bench to hit the Holmesdale winner late in the day at Seaford Town.
Only one game went to penalties and it was Sutton Athletic that prevailed from it, as they held their nerve best to see off Pagham after a 1-1 draw at Lower Road.
Tooting Bec and Faversham Strikeforce departed the competition after defeats against Lingfield and Westside FC respectively.
Further SCEFL sides now enter the competition at the Second Round Qualifying stage, for which the draw is detailed below.
Second Round Qualifying Draw
Fisher v Bexhill United
Hollands & Blair v Worthing United
Westside v Snodland Town
Steyning Town v AFC Whyteleafe
Tunbridge Wells v Kennington
Punjab United v Lewisham Borough
Lordswood v Croydon
Canterbury City v Corinthian
K Sports v Cobham
Greenways v Saltdean United
Eastbourne United v VCD Athletic
Bearsted v Epsom & Ewell
Whitstable Town v Lingfield
Lydd Town v FC Elmstead
Staplehurst Monarchs v Forest Hill Park
Rochester United v Midhurst & Easebourne
Welling Town v Holmesdale
Rusthall v Newhaven
Faversham Town v Loxwood
Cove v Glebe
Abbey Rangers v Sutton Athletic
The Isuzu FA Vase Season 2023-24 Round dates
First Round Qualifying – Saturday 26 August 2023
Second Round Qualifying – Saturday 23 September 2023
First Round Proper – Saturday 21 October 2023
Second Round Proper – Saturday 11 November 2023
Third Round Proper – Saturday 2 December 2023
Fourth Round Proper – Saturday 13 January 2024
Fifth Round Proper – Saturday 10 February 2024
Sixth Round Proper – Saturday 9 March 2024
Semi-final first leg – Saturday 30 March 2024
Semi-final Second Leg – Saturday 6 April 2024
The Final – Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 May 2024
FA Vase Prize Fund
First Round Qualifying – £550 / £160
Second Round Qualifying – £725 / £225
First Round Proper – £825 / £250
Second Round Proper – £900 / £275
Third Round Proper – £1125 / £350
Fourth Round Proper – £1875 / £600
Fifth Round Proper – £2250 / £725
Quarter Final – £4125 / £1350
Semi Final – £5500 / £1725
Final – £30000 / £15000