FA Vase: Holwell Sports and Melton Town set for national knockout action

Holwell's best run in the FA Vase came five seasons ago when they reached the third round against Birmingham side Coleshill EMN-180829-103759002
Holwell's best run in the FA Vase came five seasons ago when they reached the third round against Birmingham side Coleshill EMN-180829-103759002
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While they may have missed out on the FA Cup this season, national knockout football comes to Melton Town and Holwell Sports this weekend.

Both sides take a break from United Counties League action as the FA Vase gets under way on Saturday with the first qualifying round.

Melton Town's first FA Vase run came to an end against Bolsover last season EMN-180829-103923002

Melton Town's first FA Vase run came to an end against Bolsover last season EMN-180829-103923002

Holwell host Derbyshire side Pinxton at Welby Road, while Melton entertain county rivals Ingles at Signright Park.

Division One leaders Town are unbeaten this campaign but take on ambitious opponents who have made a flying start to their first season in East Midlands Counties league, lying fourth with four wins from five.

Holwell, meanwhile, made a winning start, but go into Saturday’s tie on the back of four straight defeats, while opponents Pinxton sit third in Central Midlands League South Division with two wins out of two.

For Division One leaders Melton Town it is only their second time in the Vase, at least since the club was reformed.

They made a winning debut last September, beating South Normanton 3-2 before suffering a 4-1 home defeat to Bolsover in the second qualifying round.

By contrast, Holwell have entered the competition for the last 29 seasons and have enjoyed a good recent history in the competition.

Their best-ever run came in the 2013/14 season under Simon Daws when they reached round three after wins over Quorn, Thurnby Nirvana, Radcliffe Olympic and Rocester.

Last year they fell at the first hurdle, beaten by a single goal by Dunkirk.

Both matches kick off at 3pm and are looking for your support.