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Thackley aiming to repeat league form in FA Vase
Three of the area’s semi-professional sides are in FA Vase first qualifying-round action on Saturday.
The trio must all make long journeys north to take on their opponents. Thackley head north west to face Whitehaven, who have not had a good start to their Northern League Division Two campaign.
In contrast Thackley have had an amazing start and boast a 100 per cent league record and top the NCE Premier Division.
Their only defeat was in the FA Cup at the first hurdle.
Liversedge were also dumped out of the FA Cup – by Morpeth Town – and will be keen to ensure they avoid a similar fate at Esh Winning on Saturday.
Sedge’s confidence will have been boosted by a midweek league victory, only their second so far this season.
Albion Sports and their supporters will be on a familiar footing despite being away from home.
They made the journey to South Shields for an FA Cup replay on Tuesday night, winning 2-1, but this time they travel even further up the A1, to Alnwick Town.
Albion are yet to taste defeat in any competition this term, having won seven and drawn one of their eight games.
Alnwick have played three times at home and lost twice, so Albion will be seeking to continue their unbeaten start.