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Cradley Town in seventh heaven to advance in FA Vase

By Joe Edwards | Non league | Published:

Cradley Town were the big winners in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase as they thrashed Bromyard Town 7-1.

Cradley Town's Darren Whitley (right)

It was a very impressive outing for the West Midlands Premier side, who picked apart their Division One opponents at Beeches View.

Dreniz Bala was the star of the show with four goals while Josh McKenzie got a brace, with an own goal completing the rout.

They will host Walsall Wood, who won 1-0 at Barnt Green Spartak thanks to former Walsall winger Peter Till’s strike, in the second qualifying round on Saturday, September 23.

Wolverhampton Sporting also advanced in emphatic fashion, seeing off Oswestry Town 5-0 at Pride Park.

The next round will see them head to Heath Hayes, who won 5-2 at Coton Green.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup with a 4-2 loss to Deeping Rangers the weekend prior, Brocton were 2-0 victors at Tividale.

Paul McMahon and Joe Hartshorne got the goals and Badgers boss Sam Norton said: “We were gutted to be out of the FA Cup as we performed pretty well against Deeping.

“I wanted to see the same application against Tividale, and that’s exactly what the lads gave.

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“You could sense they wanted to get over the FA Cup disappointment and do well in the Vase.

“Overall, I think we are two very closely-matched sides but we outplayed them to be honest so that was very pleasing to see.”

Next up for them in the competition is a trip to Dudley Sports.

Bilston Town will welcome Haughmond to Queen Street after enjoying a 3-2 triumph over Bolehall Swifts.

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AFC Wulfrunians beat United Counties League Division One outfit Lutterworth Athletic 4-2, setting up a trip to Chelmsley Town. Jordan Harrison and Kyle Brady bagged two each for Wulfs .

Also advancing are Stone Old Alleynians, who were 5-2 victors at Hereford Lads Club.

They will face Coventry United, who beat Tipton Town 3-1.

Smethwick have also made it through, to face Rugby Town at home, as they easily beat Malvern Town 4-1,

Wednesfield are also in the next round, travelling to Ellistown & Ibstock United.

Wolverhampton Casuals, Bewdley Town, Gornal Athletic, Lichfield City and Eccleshall were all knocked out.

Dudley Town are in for a replay against Wellington Amateurs tomorrow night.

They drew 0-0 after extra-time, and did not opt for penalties, at the Amateurs’ School Grove ground. They will face off again at Dell Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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