BARNSTAPLE TOWN will relish a rare chance to play a derby tomorrow.
Last season’s relegation from the Toolstation Western League Premier Division means they miss out on matches with Ilfracombe Town.
But this weekend Barnstaple can enjoy a home tie with Witheridge in the FA Carlsberg Vase first round qualifying.
Witheridge, of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League, have made a strong start with four wins from their first six matches in the Premier Division.
It promises to be a tight match with Barnstaple unbeaten in the Western League First Division.
“Witheridge are a strong team,” said Tom Bulley, the Barnstaple manager. “They have always had a steady team in that league.
“I wouldn’t brush it aside and say it’s going to be easy. We’ll certainly be in for a test.
“It should be a good game. It’s one of the big competitions and we would certainly like to make something of it if we can, especially after losing to Brislington in the FA Cup when I thought we deserved more.”
Barnstaple will be without Darren Hawkings, the experienced defender, who is on holiday.
Jordan Charran and Steve Ebdy, the former Barnstaple strikers, have six goals between them for Witheridge this season.
Richard Blake and Jamie Dirrane limped off during Saturday’s goalless draw with Camelford but should be fit for the Vase tie.
Recent FA Vase record
October 13, 2012: St Blazey 2 Barnstaple Tn 1 (Phillips).
September 15, 2012: Barnstaple Tn 2 (Bassett, Jones) Wellington 1 (aet).
December 3, 2011: Bournemouth FC 2 Barnstaple Tn 0.
November 19, 2011: Barnstaple Tn 3 (Paxton, Hopcroft 2) Downton 2.
October 22, 2011: Liskeard Ath 1 Barnstaple Tn 2 (Paxton, Coombes).
September 24, 2011: Barnstaple Tn 3 (Hopcroft, Paxton, Coombes) St Blazey 0.
September 10, 2011: Budleigh Salterton 1 Barnstaple Tn 4 (Coombes 2, Skinner 2).
September 18, 2010: Barnstaple Tn 2 (Paxton, Marinaro pen) Radstock Tn 3.
October 3, 2009: Wellington 3 Barnstaple Tn 1 (Tolley pen).
September 19, 2009: Budleigh Salterton 0 Barnstaple Tn 5 (Charran 2, Paxton 2, Tolley).
October 22, 2011: Saltash Utd 3 Witheridge 2 (Dawe, Radford).
September 24, 2011: Penzance 2 Witheridge 3 (Ebdy 2, Ibbeson).
September 4, 2010: Brislington 1 Witheridge 0.