THE glittering prize of the FA Vase at Wembley lies at the end of a long road Holker Old Boys set out on tomorrow.

While a trip to London in May is far from the thought process at this stage of the competition, Holker head to Birtley Town tomorrow hoping to build on a 4-3 midweek win over Carlisle City.

That North West Counties Division One triumph for manager Scott Redhead's men came on the back of a 2-1 defeat to leaders City of Liverpool FC last weekend.

Both Jordan Brough and Dave Swarbrick scored braces for Old Boys on Tuesday night, the latter netting the winner against their Cumbrian rivals with just five minutes remaining.

The double took Swarbrick's tally for the season to eight, making him the fourth-highest-scorer in the division ahead of the FA Vase match.

Tomorrow's match has been described by the County Durham club as being 'as close as you're ever likely to get to a Hairy Bikers derby', with Dave Myers hailing from Barrow and Si King from Kibblesworth, a six-minute drive from Birtley.

The Northern Alliance Premier League hosts will provide stiff opposition for Holker, despite a 5-1 defeat in midweek to Walker Central.

Birtley had won their three matches before that and sit 10th in the table. They are seen as flying the flag for their league in the FA Vase.

There is more cup action for the Furness Premier League sides this weekend, with matches in the Paul Wilson Memorial Trophy.

Premier Division Bootle travel to Division Two leaders FC Barrow Island on the back of a 3-0 victory against Furness Cavaliers reserves last weekend. Steven Pritt and Harry Cowley were among the goals at Millholme – an own goal making up the tally – to send them into cup action on form.

Island will be tough opposition as they have a 100 per cent record in the league, following a 2-0 success at Millom A last weekend, when Jonny O'Halloran and Mark Conlin netted.

The Cavendish Park side will be out to cause an upset.

The same can be said of Division One side Askam United reserves when they travel to Premier Division Haverigg United, and Division Two outfit Bridge United, who go to top-flight Barrow Wanderers.

The other tie is an all-Premier Division game, between third-placed Barrow Celtic and second-placed Holker Old Boys reserves at Newby Terrace.

The Hoops lost their 100 per cent league record last weekend when new leaders Hawcoat Park reserves beat them 4-0, and they will be out to put that right.

Holker have only one loss to their name as well and thumped Swarthmoor reserves 6-0 in their last game – Robbie Wallace scoring twice – to give them confidence for tomorrow.

In the West Lancashire League, there is one derby match on the cards this weekend, with Furness Rovers hosting Furness Cavaliers.