Staveley eye Wembley Arch

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THE Wembley Arch is on the horizon for Staveley MW.

They are staging one of the biggest games in their history on Saturday when they face Cambridgeshire club St.Ives Town in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase.

The winners go through to the two-legged semi-finals with Staveley hoping they can then follow professional neighbours Chesterfield, the JPT finalists, to Wembley.

It follows an impressive run in the competition for the Northern Counties East League Club which has included victories against teams from higher up the non-league pyramid.

Chairman Terry Damms, who has overseen an upturn in the club’s fortunes recently along with improved facilities at their Inkersall Road ground, is hoping for a bumper crowd on Saturday (3pm).

“It promises to be a great day with a lot of interest in the area and with at least three coaches coming from St Ives. We anticipate a crowd of around 500 and hopefully more,” he said.

“Getting to the last eight is a fantastic achievement, now we want to go on further.”

Staveley are doing well in the Baris NCEL Premier Division, sitting in third place after a good recent run which has seen them pick up 19 points from a possible 21.

The club ask spectators to arrive early to ease potential congestion at the turnstiles.