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02/10/2015 - West Allotment FA Vase match preview

Whitley take on West Allotment Celtic tomorrow in the second of a series of four consecutive cup ties, all at Hillheads.

Following the excitement of last week's FA Cup victory over Congleton, it's another 2nd Qualifying Round tie but this time in the FA Vase.

Given our record in this competition, all opponents raise their game and with this being a local derby, the stakes will be that bit higher. In terms of travelling distance, this will be our most local derby ever in the FA Vase, marginally closer than South Shields, who we played at the same stage last season.

Our cup record against West Allotment is good, with three wins out of three but this will be the first time the sides have met in a national competition.

Whitley are on a seven game unbeaten run for the first time in two and a half years while Allotment have won just two of their 15 games to date, although their recent form has been much better, with two extremely creditable draws against Dunston and Consett in the past week.

Both sides will be missing players through suspension. Whitley will be without Adam Shanks, Robbie Williamson and new signing Liam Hudson, while Allotment have Kyle Dobson and Dale Pearson suspended.

As usual in the FA Vase, extra time will be played if the scores are level after 90 minutes, and if that does not produce a winner, there will be a replay at Whitley Park on Wednesday evening.

JT


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