Midland League suspend restart until 19th December
The Midland Football League has reluctantly suspended the restart of league fixtures until 19th December in light of problems created by the government Tier System. This will be reviewed at a meeting on Wednesday 16th December. Although the FA have agreed that teams in Steps 5 and 6 can travel between tiers, they will not be able to open Clubhouses, which is considered vital for revenue.
Swifts walkover into Round 2
Skegness Town have decided not to travel to Stourport for their re arranged 1st Round FA Vase match on Saturday, as they are in a Tier 3 Region.
Swifts will move into the next round, and will now play Grimsby Borough at home in Round 2. This match will replace the Skegness game, and be played this Saturday 5th December, kick off 3.00pm
Midland League Newsletter 5th November 2020
From Gary Hazlehurst
The draw for the 2nd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase has been made:
Long Eaton United vs Stone Old Alleynians
Atherstone Town vs Malvern Town
Dudley Sports vs Coventry Sphinx
Walsall Wood vs AFC Bridgnorth
Stourport Swifts vs Grimsby Borough
Shepshed Dynamo vs Worcester City
Boldmere St Michaels vs Newark
Sporting Khalsa vs Aylestone Park
Coventry United vs Abbey Hulton United
Ties to be played on 5th December
Buildbase FA Vase Round 1 Review
Coventry Sphinx were the big winners in round 1 with a comprehensive 6-1 thumping of Heanor Town at The Ryona Engineering Supplies Stadium. It was all over as a contest just after the half hour mark as Sphinx raced into a 5-0 lead. Despite being reduced to ten men, Jamal Adams finished with a hat-trick to send Sphinx through.
Boldmere St Michaels were the only other winners on a poor day for the MFL. The Mikes won 3-0 with Stuart Hendrie starting the ball rolling in the 20th minute. Gresley Rovers suffered a heavy defeat, losing 5-0 at Congleton Town for whom Aaron Bott scored twice. Loughborough University beat Cadbury Athletic 4-0 at Hollywell, the goals shared by four scorers. Calum Law scored twice for Radford who won 4-0 at Paget Rangers. Four matches were decided on penalties with the MFL team losing on each occasion. Lye Town let a 3-1 lead slip at Aylestone Park to finish 3-3. Park winning 4-3 on penalties. Stapenhill twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Bewdley Town. Bewdley winning 4-3 from the penalty spot.
Racing Club Warwick and Abbey Hulton United drew 1-1 in Stoke on Trent. Abbey took their 2nd MFL scalp winning 4-2 on penalties. Romulus and Westfields drew 2-2 at Allpay Park with Umar Zaman equalising late on for Roms. The home side made it through with a 3-2 penalties victory. Studley took an early lead at home to Long Eaton United, but the Premier Division front runners turned this around to progress through with a 4-1 victory.
A biblical downpour at Walshes Meadow saw the other MPL club tie of the first round called off, so Stourport Swifts will have to wait until Lockdown 2 is over before their match against Skegness Town is decided.
Premier Division Review
Only two games in the Premier Division last weekend. AFC Wulfrunians climbed to 7th place with a fine 3-2 win at Coventry United. It was level at the break but second half goals from Adam Meacham and Jack Till earned Wulfs the points despite a late goal from Josh O’Grady.
Newark are up to 3rd as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Highgate United, Derrick Ikechukwu equalising late on for Gate. Coventry United moved up to 7th in the table with a 2-0 win at Lye Town. Two goals in the last 10 minutes from Tyler Haddow and Ty Knight earned them the points.
Stourport Swifts climbed up to 2nd as they came from behind to win 4-2 at Heather St Johns, with three goals in the last ten minutes. Swifts have netted four in each of their last three games, and are unbeaten in seven.
Buildbase FA Vase PRIZE FUND PAYMENTS 2020/2021
First Round Qualifying (221 matches ) £550 winners £160 losers
Second Round Qualifying (165 matches) £725 winners £225 losers
First Round Proper (98 matches) £825 winners £250 losers
Second Round Proper (64 matches) £900 winners £275 losers
Third Round Proper (32 matches) £1125 winners £350 losers
Fourth Round Proper (16 matches) £1875 winners £600 losers
Fifth Round Proper (8 matches) £2250 winners £725 losers
Quarter Final (4 matches) £4125 winners £1350 losers
Semi Final (2 matches) £5500 winners £1725 losers
Final (1 match) £30000 winners £15000 losers
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