Sholing test for United in FA Vase semi-final

Eastbourne United
Eastbourne United

Eastbourne United will face Sholing in the semi-final of the FA Vase.

The first game of the two-leg semi-final will go ahead on March 29 at the Silverlake Arena, Southampton, while the return at the Oval is set for April 5.

The draw could hardly have been tougher for United as, in Sholing, they face the second favourites for the tournament.

But after beating a more than capable Ampthill side on Saturday United will no doubt attack the two-legs with confidence as they battle for a place at the Wembley final in May.

United have been defying the odds all season and are now just 180 minutes away from a historic trip to the capital. They have never been this far in their entire history as a club.

Sholing, who ply their trade in the Sydenhams Wessex League, are enjoying a somewhat remarkable season, having lost just once in their campaign so far.

Last season they were relegated from the league above on financial grounds but managed to keep hold of almost all of the players who are used to football at a higher level.

They beat Wisbech 1-0 on Saturday to book their place in the last four with striker Lee Wort, who has scored 37 times in 40 games so far this season, finding the net.