MATCH PREVIEW: SATURDAY VASE
The Birmingham County Football Association finals season continues on Saturday 21 May when Cadbury Athletic and Tipton Town clash at the BCFA Excellence Arena for the Saturday Vase, with kick off set for 2pm.
Having tasted victory in 2018, the last time the Vase was up for grabs, Tipton Town will be hoping to retain their champions status and add a third title to their name having also been victorious in the competitions inaugural season in 1988. Cadbury Athletic also have a victory to their name in this competition having won it back in 2013 with a slim 1-0 score line, so they will be eager to add a second success to their history.
Taking a look at the clubs’ routes to the final, starting with Cadbury Athletic who have scored an impressive 17 goals along the way and started with a thumping 5-0 victory against Triumph Athletic in the first round. They then put 4 past FC Darlaston without return to book their place in the third round, where they conceded their first of the competition but eased past Alcester Town 3-1. In the quarter final, they came up against the runners-up from 2018 Enville Athletic and succeeded in edging past them with a 2-0 win to find themselves in the semi-final. Rugby Borough battled hard, but Cadbury ultimately showed their scoring ability as they recorded another 3-1 victory to see them through to the final.
As for Tipton Town, their route wasn’t quite as straight forward as their first-round victory came via a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw with Sutton United. This was followed by a second-round penalty shootout victory against AFC Coventry Rangers too, before they were then on the right side of a seven-goal thriller winning 4-3 against Old Wulfrunians. In the quarter final, they had a little bit of breathing space as they recorded a 3-1 victory against Stratford Town Reserves to book their place in the semi-final. They faced Coventry Colliery here and just edged past them winning 3-2 to find themselves in the Saturday Vase final for the second successive season, removing COVID affected seasons.
Both sets of supporters, and neutrals, will be eager to watch an action-packed final with the two clubs vowing for victory.
£5 Adults | £2 Concessions
Pay on the gate is available – cash and card accepted.
There are refreshments available, located behind the goal on the office side of the pitch.
You can also access the programme on the day when visiting the BCFA Excellence Arena by scanning a QR code.
Referee -David Patrick
Assistant Referee – Luke Underhill
Assistant Referee - Craig Patrick
Fourth Official - Phillip Lloyd
Shaun Bivens, Chairman of the Coventry Sunday Football League and Officer of the Coventry & Warwickshire Youth Football League