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Baker targets FA Vase glory.

Newcastle Benfield boss Paul Baker, preparing for one of the club's biggest matches in their history, sent out a "let's go for glory" message to his squad today.

And Baker then told the Arngrove Northern League's other hopefuls: "Come and join us!"

While Baker's boys are at home to Stourbridge in the third round of the FA Vase, Dunston Federation go to Pickering, former finalists Bedlington are away to Newcastle Town and Crook entertain Ford Sports.

Baker, who has injury problems to solve before he can name a team for the 3.0 start, said: "I keep hearing people criticising the standard in the Northern League.

"Tomorrow gives us all a chance to make those people eat their words. I just hope we take that chance."

Dunston got a boost today with the news that experienced defender Michael Farrey should be fit for the trip to Yorkshire.

Skipper Billy Irwin said: "We'll be up for this one. Winning two league titles in as many seasons is a mark of how consistent the squad has been ( but tomorrow brings us a chance for a slice of glory.

"Like Benfield and the others, we are determined to stay on the Vase trail."

Bedlington's joint manager Tony Lowery, who watched Newcastle Town last week, said: "They are useful, but we are capable of victory."

Newcastle Blue Star, pushing hard for the Northern League championship, are understood to be keen on Durham City full-back Anth McStea.

The Star entertain Billingham Town tomorrow, when West Allotment are at home to Tow Law.

Morpeth and Ashington clash in a derby at Craik Park and Whitley Bay go to West Auckland.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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