History-making Yaxley venture into the unknown

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Yaxley are happy to celebrate the best FA Vase run in the club’s 114-year history by taking a step into the unknown in the new year.

The Cuckoos’ opponents in the last 32 will be South Eastern Counties Premier Division leaders Erith & Belvedere, a match that will take place at Welling United FC on Sunday, January 18.

“You can’t get to this stage of the competition and expect an easy game,” Yaxley boss Brett Whaley admitted.

“We will be playing at a top-class ground against a top-class side and that excites us rather than scares us.

“The teams won’t know anything about each other which adds to the occasion.

“We’re going there to win though. It won’t be treated as a day out just because we’ve gone further than ever before in the competition.”

Yaxley overcame the loss of a first-minute goal to win 3-1 at Brantham in the third round last weekend. Robert Hughes, Luke Hipwell and Dan Cotton scored the goals. Former Posh player Lee Clarke left Yaxley after the game to joing Spalding.

Holbeach also made it through to the last 32 following a 1-0 win at London Colney, a victory sealed by Lee Beeson’s brilliant 25-yard strike. Holbeach have a very winnable tie on January 17 at fellow United Counties Premier Division side Thurnby Nirvana.

But Peterborough Northern Star, Deeping Rangers and Wisbech all bowed out by the odd goal last weekend.

Peterborough Sports’ promotion bid from United Counties Division One suffered a blow as they went down 1-0 at home to fellow high-fliers Northampton Spencer.