FA VASE Western League Jee force face final eight test

Buildbase FA Vase logo courtesy & copyright Football AssociationWestern League leaders Willand Rovers carry South West non-league hopes into the FA Vase quarter finals today.

The mid-Devon village side came back from trailing twice at home to score an historic 3-2 win over Lincolnshire’s impressive Deeping Rangers and reach the Vase last eight for the first time three weeks ago.

Rovers' reward is another home tie, against Cray Valley Paper Mills, also making their first appearance in the last eight.

Cray Valley – founded in 1919 - are third in Southern Counties East Premier, with 55 points from 25 league games.

Although they have only won six of their 12 home league games, the Millers have an impressive away record: 11 wins, a draw and beaten only once in 13.

They beat Abbey Rangers 3-1 at home in front of 217 in round five of the Vase.

At the same time 700-plus lined the touchlines at Silver Street for Rovers’ fifth round victory, clinched by striker Dean Stamp's second half winner.

The Devon side reached the FA Cup fourth qualifying round four seasons ago.

Now - managed by Russell Jee and David Steele - Rovers will attempt to make it through to the FA Vase final four.

• Supporters attending today’s history-making quarter final are being asked to arrive early as entry is by turnstile and – if travelling by car – to please park with consideration as Willand’s ground is in a residential area.

Fans are also being asked to consider car-sharing and reminded there is a bus stop on Silver Street within easy walking distance of Willand’s road-side ground.
 
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