Pikes handed home Vase tie

Dean Craig, blue kit, is tackled by Tony Hackworth (Boro). Craig will be keen to shine in Town's busy schedule

Dean Craig, blue kit, is tackled by Tony Hackworth (Boro). Craig will be keen to shine in Town's busy schedule

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PICKERING Town have landed a home draw against Billingham Synthonia in the second round of the FA Vase.

The Pikes cruised through to that stage last weekend when they beat Durham City 4-1 at Mill Lane.

They fell behind early on, but bounced back well when Liam Salt scored.

Joe Danby then moved Pickering ahead, before Salt’s second and a goal from impressive sub Tom Clarke wrapped up the win.

Boss Jimmy Reid feels his team are on an upward spiral and he is looking forward to the game, which takes place on Saturday November 17.

He said: “It isn’t a bad draw, but it will be tougher than the teams we have played before.

“We have already beaten three teams from the Northern League this season, but you know that any side from up there will give you a tough battle.

“As a side, we are on an upward turn at the moment. There is another few weeks before that game, by then it is up to us to get better and better.

Reid is hoping his team can continue their push up the table tonight when they travel to Maltby Main in the NCEL Premier. That is followed swiftly on Saturday by a home game against Liversedge, 3pm kick-off.

“You can set yourselves up if you look at the next few games,” he added.

“We won’t be winning the league, but we can definitely have a say in what goes on up at the top.

“We have beaten Scarborough Athletic and we still have a few of the other bigger sides to play.”