Millbrook hoping US Portsmouth tie beats weather

Buildbase VASEMillbrook are hoping tomorrow’s FA Vase third round tie at United Services Portsmouth – the biggest game in the Cornish club’s history - survives the rain forecast in the next 24 hours.

That’s because, should it be postponed, the FA has ruled that the tie would have to be played on the following Saturday, Boxing Day.

The knock-on effect would be that the much-anticipated Rame Peninsula derby against SWPL east division title rivals Torpoint Athletic at The Mill would have to be postponed.

Torpoint are expecting a capacity crowd of 300 and in such a difficult year for non-league football clubs, the derby would be the club’s biggest revenue earner of the season.

It is hard to imagine that Millbrook would relish a 380-mile round trip on Boxing Day but the FA insists the tie would have to be played within eight days of the original date.

Fortunately, the weather forecast for the Portsmouth area for the next 36 hours is not as bad as it is for the South West, and US Portsmouth say the tie will go ahead.

The tie crowd capacity is 150 and for home fans only. No away supporters permitted as Portsmouth will be in tier 3 tomorrow. 

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