NON-LEAGUE: Makeshift Fairford poised for Vase test

This Is Wiltshire: Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite

PAUL Braithwaite admits there will be a makeshift look to Fairford’s defence as they prepare to make the trip to Thame in the first round proper of the FA Vase.

A £900 prize pot is Fairford’s if they can beat their higher-division opponents at the ASM Stadium, but they go into the game without injured centre-back duo Richard Stubbs and Ash Taylor.

Supermarine loanee Luigi Hernandez is expected to fill in with right-back Jack Williams as his partner.

“Those two (Stubbs and Taylor) probably would have started on Saturday because they started in the previous round,” said Braithwaite.

“They could have continued on, but it looks like we will have to pick a makeshift centre-half.

“We’ve got nothing to lose at all, we’ve been to watch Thame so we know a bit about them.

“We’ve met as a team to go over what we know and now we’re looking forward to going to one of the best facilities around.”

In other team news, Steve Hall, Nathan Gambling and goalkeeper Ben Mitchell are all available.

Dave Turner says Wootton Bassett can give their full attention to the Wilts Senior Cup this year ahead of their first-round derby with New College tomorrow. Boosted by the return of James Domm in goal, Bassett host their local rivals at Rylands Way with half an eye on serious progress in the competition.

“We want to go as far as we can, the FA Cup and the FA Vase are out of the way and we’re up to speed in the Hellenic,” said Turner.

“We’ve played our catch-up games so we’re more than happy that we’ve got parity in the league.

“The Wilts Cup is a competition we believe we can go a reasonable distance in and we’re taking it seriously this year. We intend to enjoy it and we’re going to.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Cricklade travel to Malmesbury hoping to avenge their defeat in 2011/12 on penalties. Crick defeated the Flying Monk outfit 4-1 earlier this season and will be perceived as favourites by most in the local footballing community.

Boss Graham Jackson is missing Kyle Moulden and Alex Povey due to holidays, so into the squad come John Himple and Tom Johnson.

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