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Thatcham's Grant Ready The Challenge - 23 March

harry grant thatcham town hellenic leagueThe Kingfishers player Harry Grant admits his teammates are excited about the Buildbase FA Vase second-leg, writes Liam Headd in the Newbury Weekly News.

Grant (pictured) believes his team should have scored another couple of goals in their FA Vase semi-final first-leg with 1874 Northwich. The Kingfishers were 1-0 winners at Waterside Park – but created a number of opportunities throughout the game. Now, with a slender 1-0 advantage, they head to the north-west on Saturday aiming to reach Wembley Stadium for the first time in their history.

Speaking after the game, Grant, who won the League 2 title with Gillingham in 2012/13, said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the biggest game that Thatcham Town have been involved in a long while. We’re all very excited for it and can’t wait now. I think that if we go up there confident we’ll be able to score more and put the tie to bed.”

However, the 24-year-old is aware of the challenge they face and expects Northwich to once again be tough to break down. He said: “They’re at home, they have some very good players and I’m sure they will throw the kitchen sink at us, but it’s up to us to withstand the pressure and do what we’ve been doing all season.”

Despite only scoring once through Ross Cook’s penalty, Grant was pleased to see how his teammates handled themselves on the big occasion. He said: “It was an overall good, solid performance from us in tough conditions. I think, in all honesty, we should have had two or three more goals with the chances that we had, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.”

Almost 1,200 supporters packed themselves into the stadium on Saturday afternoon, with around 800 cheering on the Kingfishers. Grant was delighted to see how many local supporters came out to cheer his team on. He said: “We appreciate every single person who came out to watch us, especially in the freezing cold. It pushes us on to that next level knowing we have a following behind us and we hope we can make you all proud on Saturday.”


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FA Vase Travel With The Kingfishers's - 18 March

For the away leg of the Buildbase FA Vase semi final on 24 March Thatcham Town will be running supporters' coaches, leaving the club at 10am.

Individual seats: £20
Family: £70 (2 x adults, 2 x children)

Seats on coaches are to be booked via the club only, and to be paid before the day.

Please come into the club to purchase tickets or call 01635 862016.

Please note that these prices do not include tickets for the game, which will be available on the day from 1874 Northwich. More information is available here: https://1874northwich.com/2018/03/11/statement-from-the-board-of-1874-northwich-fc/.


buildbase fa vase badgeWill 1874 Northwich Be A Difficult Test? - 16 March

1874 Northwich stand in the way of Thatcham Town and a place at Wembley Stadium as the pair prepare for their semi-final showdown.

The last-four stage of the FA Vase is a two-legged affair with the Kingfishers hosting the Cheshire-based club first. The two sides meet at Waterside Park tomorrow before the return leg up north on March 24. 1874 were only formed back in 2012 by the supporters of Northwich Victoria and the team currently groundshares with Winsford United. However, due to the magnitude of the game with Thatcham, the second leg of this semi-final will take place at Wincham Park – the home of Witton Albion.

On the way to the last four of the national competition, 1874 have scored a total of 16 goals and conceded just three times. Northwich are currently managed by Paul Bowyer and Wayne Goodison, who are undergoing their first season in joint-charge after taking over from Ian Street. The club’s leading goalscorer this season is Scotland-born striker Scott McGowan, who has scored 27 goals in 36 appearances.

1874 are currently sitting in seventh place in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division – but have a substantial amount of games in hand over the teams around them. The club have had a total of 23 games postponed this season and are not even halfway through their fixtures yet.

Prior to the semi-final stage, Northwich have eliminated Irlam, Tow Law Town, Ashton Athletic, Pontefract Collieries, Chichester City and more recently Leighton Town in the last eight. 1874 have been renowned for having a strong following and in their 1-0 quarter final victory over Leighton, they were supported by 800 travelling fans. Leading goalscorer McGowan scored from the spot against Leighton and it proved to be the winning goal to seal their place in the semi-finals.

In comparison Thatcham sit in second place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, two points behind the leaders and with a game in hand. In the Vase run so far, they have eliminated Melksham Town, Bromsgrove Sporting, Biggleswade, Sevenoaks Town, Broadbridge Heath and Horsham YMCA. Scoring 18 goals and conceding 6. Striker Shane Cooper-Clarke is the current leading goal scorer in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, recording 45 goals in 44 games in all competion this season. Five of those in the Buildbase FA Vase, closely followed by Ekow Elliot with four.

This is the first time Thatcham have reached the semi finals of the Buildbase FA Vase in their long history, the furthest progression previously was in 1988/89 (when the club were in the Wessex League) exiting at the quarter final stage.

Tommorow's game is ticket only - tickets can still be obtained today (Friday), come into the club between 11am and 4pm to purchase tickets or call 01635 862016. On the day, as parking will be limited, please consider walking to the ground. For supporters wishing to travel by train, Thatcham station is less than a five minute direct walk to Waterside Park. There are five trains running, between the times of 12.00pm to 14:10pm from Reading station to Thatcham station tomorrow, it's a twenty minute journey.

Northwich information text (Liam Headd - Newbury Today)


buildbase fa vase badgeThatcham Draw 1874 Northwich In Buildbase FA Vase Semi Final - 27 February

Thatcham Town face 1874 Northwich in the two legged semi-final of the Buildbase FA Vase, with a place in the Wembley final the reward for the victors.

First leg is a home game at Waterside Park on Saturday 17 March with the second leg taking place the following weekend away at the North West Counties League Premier Division opponents Barton Stadium.

The other semi final will be decided between Marske United and Stockton Town, games to be played on the same dates.


Kingfisher's Will Relish Vase Game - 23 February

danny robinson thatcham town hellenic leagueThatcham Town manager Danny Robinson believes his side will thrive in front of a 2,000 crowd in the last eight of the Buildbase FA Vase at Melksham on Saturday.

Town’s 21-match winning run came to an end this week as they were held 2-2 by fellow Vase quarter-finalists Windsor in the Hellenic Premier Division. But Robinson (pictured) believes his players will relish the chance to play in front of a much bigger crowd. He said to Liam Headd of Newbury Today: “You have to look at the buildbase fa vase badgeBromsgrove game – there were over 700 fans here which produced a hot atmosphere. The players thrived on it – it was probably our best performance of the season. One thing we have here is big game players, the bigger the match is the better their performances are. That’s why we have got this far in the Vase. I think they’ll relish the opportunity, and win, lose or draw, I know my players will give a good account of themselves on Saturday.”

Robinson was ‘full of admiration’ for his side after seeing them come from behind twice to draw with Windsor at Waterside Park. The Kingfishers responded within minutes on both occasions after twice falling behind and Robinson was proud of his team’s character. Although the winning streak has ended, Thatcham have not suffered a defeat since October.

Speaking after the Windsor match, Robinson said: “I’m proud. We are still unbeaten – to go behind twice, it showed character to come back into the game. I’m full of admiration for my players – they can hold their heads high. It’s a mark of how far the club has come.”

Despite the draw, the Kingfishers boss is still delighted with how the season is going. As well as chasing for promotion, Thatcham are in the last eight of both the Berks & Bucks Cup and the FA Vase. He said: “We shouldn’t be disappointed with a draw against a very good side – two seasons ago we would have lost that. It shows collectively as a club, we are moving in the right way On the run that we’ve had, to haul ourselves back into the title race and reach the quarter-final of the Vase and the Berks and Bucks Cup demonstrates the togetherness of my players.”


Cancer UK Fundraising - 15 October

Thtacham Town supported Prostate Cancer UK in our their fixture with Flackwell Heath on Non-League Day this season.

They are delighted to have raised £250 for the charity.

Thank you to everybody that came to the match and donated.

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