Stanway Rovers and Burnham Ramblers hold the key to the area's FA Vase hopes when they take on Barking and Letchworth respectively on Saturday.

The two sides are the area's only survivors in the competition's second round.

And Phil Bloss' men, 17 matches unbeaten, will fancy their chances of a giant-killing when they entertain the Ryman League division two side tomorrow (Saturday).

Top scorer Andy Sapey (groin) and Paul Symes (ankle) are both doubts but should play.

In the Ryman League premier division, bottom-of-the-table Heybridge Swifts will be looking for their second win in a row when they entertain Gravesend and Northfleet.

Defender Gary Waters is back after being cup-tied but loan signing Steve Blaney, who is yet to make his debut, is out injured for a month.

Nicky Simpson is nearing full fitness and should play. Braintree Town are confronted with a string of problems ahead of their division one trip to Staines Town.

Andy Polston has a dead leg and Mark Keen is also doubtful with a hamstring injury while Alan Brett and Mark Adams are definitely out.

But Ian Brown is back after an operation and loan-signing Paul Linger is back after being cup-tied on Tuesday.

Witham boss Paul Adams is hoping to have new signing Andy Wicks in the side for their visit to fellow strugglers Leighton Town - Dean Sumner is suspended.

In the Jewson League premier division Clacton will be hoping to bounce back from their disasterous 6-2 stuffing at home to Sudbury on Tuesday.

Striker Ian Bennett should return and Glen Hepburn, sent off against Sudbury, will also feature.

Halstead received a massive boost on Tuesday when they beat Ipswich Wanderers 3-0, their first win in 13 matches.

Manager Shaun Bailey has named an unchanged squad for tonight's visit of Warboys - and said: "We are confident - if we play like we did the other night we will be alright. No-one's going to help us, we've got to roll up our sleeves, dig in and make our own luck.

"The supporters have been superb of late, some are coming back and I am really pleased with them."

Harwich and Parkeston will also be hoping to build on a good midweek result when they entertain Lowestoft Town.

New boss Tony Hall is missing three players, Kevin Mann, Trevor Lewis and Gareth Lewis.

Tiptree will be optimistic of three points when they entertain Cornard United in division one.

Steve Parnell has a full squad to choose from, and is hoping that local rivalry will inspire his men - four of his side, Syd Haygreen, Tony French, Danny Hill and Phil Battell, have Sudbury connections.

Also in division one, Brightlingsea will be gunning for their second win of the season when they entertain basement boys Thetford Town.

Thetford have only picked up just one point the entire season.

Wivenhoe Town and Maldon Town are both without games this weekend.

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