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Match Preview: Newquay AFC v Baffins

Written by Ollie Cook
16 Oct 2023

Baffins will make the 424-mile round trip to Newquay AFC on Saturday in the Isuzu FA Vase.

Danny Thompson's side were rewarded with a trip to North Cornwall following a convincing 2-0 victory at fellow Wessex Premier Division outfit Hythe & Dibden in the Second Round Qualifying, after receiving a First Round bye.


Harvey Wellham's well timed effort was added to by Kelvin Robinson just before half-time to secure passage to the next round at Hythe Garage Stadium last month.


Now, Rovers make the long trip to Newquay searching for a place in the Second Round Proper for the first time since 2018/19 - the season Baffins reached the Fourth Round Proper, with Jason Parish scoring in an eventual 3-1 defeat at Cray Valley Paper Mills.


This time, Baffins take on step-six Newquay who currently sit third in the South West Peninsula League Premier West, with 29 points from their opening 13 league fixtures. Their most recent fixture was in cup action on Tuesday, beating Holsworthy AFC 2-1 in front of 143 at Mount Wise Stadium - the venue for Saturday's cup tie.


The Peppermints' top goalscorer so far this campaign is Louis Price with nine strikes so far in the same number of appearances, closely followed by Harrie Tilston who sits on seven. Price, 24, re-joined the Mount Wise club this campaign after a spell with Mousehole at step-five level.


Thompson's Rovers will travel for the clash in jubilant mood after returning to winning ways against Sherborne Town last weekend. Baffins were pegged back twice by the Wessex League newcomers, but a poor clearance opened the door for Tommy Patterson to slam home the winning goal on his return to the side.


Tickets can be purchased on the Mount Wise Stadium turnstiles on Saturday and are priced £6 adults and £4 concessions.

Can't make the clash? Fear not, you can follow the FA Vase tie from afar by following in-match updates on our X channel.

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