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Quartet return from injury to boost Ashes for tie with Alresford

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

By Mike Sampson

  • 'We are going in to unknown territory as I have not been able to get to see them before the tie' – Martin Burgess

  • Assistant player-manager Aaron Cusack is a doubt for Saltash United's FA Vase tie at home to Alresford Town PICTURE: Lucy Blake

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The draw for the third round of the FA Vase has been kind to the three remaining Carlsberg South West Peninsula clubs, with two of the three enjoying home advantage.

All three Peninsula sides have been drawn against teams from Step Five, one level above them in the pyramid, but all can feel they have a chance of progressing to the fourth round and picking up a further £1500 in the process.

Saltash United, conquerors of Buckland Athletic in the previous round, entertain Hampshire outfit Alresford Town at Kimberley Stadium.

Alresford have lost only one of their past eight games and are level on points with third-placed Winchester City.

Ashes boss Martin Burgess is well aware his side will have to watch out for Town's goalscoring midfielder Warren Bentley who has notched an impressive 27 goals this season and he is backed up by striker Steve Brown on 11.

"We are going in to unknown territory as due to their location and the way our fixtures fell I have not been able to get to see them before the tie," said Burgess.

Saltash have Stuart Clark, Dave Trott, Ross Saint and Sam Hughes all returning with their only doubt being assistant player-manager Aaron Cusack who will have a late fitness test on his calf injury.

Plymouth Parkway have also been rewarded for their impressive 3-0 victory over Hellenic Premier League leaders Wantage with a visit from Toolstation Western League Premier side Hallen.

Manager Wayne Hillson, and his assistant Lee Hobbs travelled to watch Hallen in action when they defeated First Division side Shepton Mallett 3-1 in the Les Phillips Cup.

"It was good to see them in action as they've hit a bit of form and were unbeaten in November," explained Hillson. "We will have to be on top of our game, and if we are then there's every chance of us being in Monday's draw for the next round."

Parkway have striker Adam Carter cup-tied, but Paul Heveran returns and manager Wayne Hillson will await a late fitness test on Luke Rundle's groin before naming his starting line-up.

Bodmin, who were exempt until the last round when they overcame Bemerton Heath Harlequins, travel to Oxfordshire to take on Hellenic Premier League side Kidlington

Manager Darren Gilbert is not taking any chances with his preparations and the squad travelled up yesterday, staying at a hotel which is only a few miles away from their opponents Yarnton Road ground.

Kidlington are currently tenth in their league having lost seven of their 15 league games but they did enjoy a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Peninsula Premier side Tavistock in the last round.

Gilbert has talked to Tavistock and will be aware that Kidlington are capable of scoring goals with Tommy Castle (22), Lewis Coyle (17) and Mike Duerden (ten) all in double figures although their three scorers against the Lambs were Ben Fitzmartin, Lewis Brownhill and Jack Quainton.

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