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Football: Stratford told to follow Cup record run with bid for glory; FA VASE.



Byline: NON-LEAGUE By COLIN STONER ston·er  
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2. Slang
a. One who is habitually intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

b. One who is a delinquent or failure.
 

Lennie Derby wants his Stratford Town side to follow up their record-breaking FA Cup run with more tales of glory when they embark on the FA Vase The Football Association Challenge Vase is an annual football competition for teams playing in the lower regional leagues of England. Currently over 400 teams compete each season, with two qualifying rounds preceding the six proper rounds, semi-finals and final.  trail tomorrow.

Despite bowing out of the Cup in the first appearance in the third qualifying round last Saturday, the history-making progress created a buzz of excitement around the club to ease the gloom following their indifferent league form in the Travel Factory Alliance.

The manager is keen to build on the momentum when they turn their attention to the minnows' own FA Cup, the Vase, at Nottingham side Sutton Town.

'We were not going to win the FA Cup but the FA Vase is a competition where we can realistically look to make progress,' Derby said. 'The Alliance is among the highest level of leagues who can enter the Vase so hopefully we can continue from the Cup performances.'

There would be a huge chunk of irony should Stratford - whose best Vase run dates back to a fourth-round appearance in 1975-76 - make 2004-05 a year to remember in the Vase.

Derby is the first to admit the club has failed to perform in knock-out competitions since he arrived, despite the Masons Lane side featuring as titlechasers year after year. Yet this season could prove to be the reverse. The high hopes of being pre-season title favourites have faded into a season of transition but the Cup win over FA Trophy The Football Association Challenge Trophy is an English football competition for clubs playing in levels 5-8 of the English football league system (steps 1-4 of the National League System)  holders Hednesford Town proved they can beat anybody on their day.

However, injury will again force veteran defender Nigel Niblett on the sidelines On the sidelines

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on the sidelines

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 after he recovers from a hamstring injury hamstring injury Sports medicine A muscle injury of biceps femoris, seen in sprinters and runners, when a contracted muscle meets a lengthening force, overpowering intrinsic muscle resiliency Management RICE, NSAIDs, gradual ↑ of pain-free activity–eg,  while work commitments rule out striker Dennis Bailey. Causeway United want to cash in on a new-look strikeforce to help the Black Country club pay for their season of football.

Halesowen-based Causeway, having been deprived of four strikers last week, will have fitagain Chris Busby and recruit Adam Chester, signed from Oldbury United, in contention for tomorrow's FA Vase firstround tie with Alliance rivals Bridgnorth Town at the Grove.

But the result will not only be measured in goals but in pounds, with the winners receiving a cheque for pounds 800.

Manager Alan Moore said: 'The prize-money for the winners is pounds 800 and to us that would be a godsend god·send  
n.
Something wanted or needed that comes or happens unexpectedly.



[Alteration of Middle English goddes sand, God's message : goddes, genitive of God, God
. That's pounds 800 we would not need to worry about finding to pay for the team this season.

'We don't pay the players but running a club is an expensive business, especially for us because we have to rent the ground from Halesowen Town and we don't have our social club.

'Prize-money is a big carrot for clubs like ourselves. We have already earned pounds 2,000 in the FA Cup and Vase so far and that's a massive bonus.'

Causeway, who reached the third round in 2002-03, will also be boosted with the return of Lee Bullimore after an operation to repair a broken nose.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 22, 2004
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