Stamford closing in on a piece of club history
Stamford AFC are two wins away from a place in the first roundproperoftheFACupfor the first time.
The Daniels did reach an equivalentstageover100years ago (they lost to Chathamwho wentontodrawreigningFootball League champions Sunderland in the next round) whentherewerefewerrounds inthecompetition, butthey’ve never officially beenin a draw alongside Football League clubs.
Tuesday’s second qualifying round replay win over Gresley at the Zeeco Stadium, courtesy of an 87th-minute Sam Hill goal, means they are two games from creating club history. TheEvoStikNorthern Premier Division One South rivals drew1-1 at Gresleyinthe original tie last Saturday.
Stamford travel to North East Counties League AFC Mansfield in the third quali- fying round on October 1.
Peterborough Sports head a clutch of local clubs into FA Vaseaction this Saturday with ahumdingerofasecondqualifying round tie at Mildenhall.
Sports head the United Counties Premier Division and Mildenhall lead the same level Eastern Counties Premier Division.
“It shouldbeatoughgame,” SportsbossJummyDeansaid. “They beat Wisbech 4-0 in the last round, but we have bouncedbackwellafterlosing at Deeping in the league. That defeat has madeusrealise not to take winning matches for granted.”
Sports are currently fighting off interest from higherlevel St Neots in ace striker Avelino Vieira.
Peterborough Northern Star host Blackstones in an all-local Vase tie at Chestnut Avenue.
Action from Gresley and Stamford’s FA Cup tie last weekend.