Watson on Vase draw
Watson on Vase draw

The draw for the last sixteen of the Buildbase FA Vase has been made and handed both remaining SCEFL clubs home ties.

Canterbury City will welcome Coventry United to Salters Lane the same day.  United who play in the Midland Premier Division who the weekend beat Leicester Nirvana 3-2 in the previous round.

Cray Valley meanwhile also at this stage for the very first time after beating Baffin Miltons Rovers and have been also drawn at home although their opponents Abbey Rangers are well known to the Counties sides as Rangers will be looking for their third SCEFL scalp in this run as they’ve already beaten Lordswood, and just this past weekend Bearsted.

Not that that phases Cray boss Kevin Watson, who’s side have already recorded the clubs best ever run in the Emirates FA Cup, this is the best Vase run that Cray Valley have ever enjoyed and of course they’re well placed in the SCEFL Premier – currently sixth with games in hand on the sides above them.  “we’re having a great season,” Watson told KSN.  “We got further than the club has ever done before in the FA Cup – we’ve now done the same in the Vase!  I was pleased with the way we played on Saturday as we started strongly but kept it going for the whole ninety minutes whereas sometimes performances don’t keep up the tempo for the whole game – Saturday we did and that was very pleasing.”

“We were a goal up at the break and we kept the pace going throughout the rest of the game and in the end, you have to really say that we were relatively comfortable in the end.”

“I have to be honest when I say I think that I might have actually preferred an away game as our surface isn’t great at the moment, but it will be the same for both sides.  And because that’s not the distance between us there is say between Canterbury and their opponents.  They come from the Croydon area I think I’m right in saying so they’ll probably have someone here on Wednesday when we play Lordswood in the League Cup the same way the I understand they’ve got a midweek game’s before we play them so that we can have a look at them.”

Abbey play in the Combined Counties League and this is the furthest they too have reached in the competition en route beating both Lordswood and just last week Bearsted.  Watson added, “I know that Canterbury tweeted something about not wanting us, I didn’t want them either they’re a good side but its good for the League as well.  Now what about an all SCEFL Final? Its possible…”