BARNTON Football Club have already made history this year.

They are left to fly flag for Northwich in the FA Vase and having already won three ties, this is the most progress they have ever made in the competition.

A second-round tie against County Durham side Seaham Red Star awaits on Saturday, and the hope is Townfield will be as busy as it can be to see if they can keep their dream run going.

For a club that can sometimes go under the radar, it is the chance to enjoy a moment in the sun.

“There wasn’t anything really expected of us in the Vase at the beginning of the season so to do what we’ve done is great for the club,” co-manager Liam Page told the Guardian.

“The likes of Winsford, Vics and 1874 are around us so we don’t always get much recognition.

“Hopefully we can get a few in to support the lads this week.

“With the junior section coming to the fore this season, crowds have been going up and we’re trying to get the community more involved.

“It helps the lads and pushes them on when we get a few more in.”

On paper at least, further progress could well be on the cards for the Villagers after Eden Gumbs’ first-half penalty saw them to a 1-0 win over Bacup Borough in Saturday’s first round tie.

Operating in the Northern League Division One – a division higher than the Townfield outfit – Seaham had won just one of their 11 league games prior to lockdown.

However, they knocked North West Counties League Premier Division outfit Irlam out of this competition to set up this tie.

“I’ve had a little look at them – just a few highlights of games.” said Page, who picks the team alongside fellow co-boss Neil Murray.

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Barnton co-managers Liam Page, right, and Neil Murray. Picture by Rob Hardley

“We just need to focus on ourselves and what we can do better.

“If the lads put 100 per cent in like they have been doing, I’m sure we will give them a good run for their money.”

On the Bacup game, Page said: “It’s the furthest we’ve ever gone, so to go another step is massive for us.

“It wasn’t the greatest of games to watch with the conditions but the lads did really well.

“It was backs to the wall at times but they dug really deep.

“There’s a great togetherness about the lads at the minute so that’s what got us through.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions while entry is free for under 16s.