Falmouth Town begin their 2019/20 FA Vase journey tomorrow when they make the trip to Bristol Telephones.

Town take on the Western League Division One club for the first time when they visit Stockwood Lane on Saturday for their first preliminary round clash.

Town boss Andrew Westgarth said: “I think when the draw came out we were all so excited that it’s an away trip, somewhere we’ve not been before and it’s just as good for the fans as it is for us. It’s what the Vase is about, playing different teams in different locations. We’re really looking forward to that one.

“I don’t know an awful lot about them other than they’re struggling with their league position at the moment, but it’s the FA Vase, anything can happen, so we won’t be taking them lightly.”

Formed in 1948, Bristol Telephones were originally known as Bristol Post Office Telephones Football Club, as they were then part of the Post Office.

Playing at Bristol Civil Service Club, they had to leave that pitch when BT was privatised under Margaret Thatcher.

The Phones spent most of their history in the Bristol and Suburban League before moving to the Gloucestershire County League in 2013, staying for four seasons before being promoted to the Western League Division One as champions in 2017.

They have found life tough in their new division, however, finishing 16th in 2018 before finishing bottom last year, and they are in the same position this season, having lost all four games so far.

The Phones made their FA Vase debut last season, losing 8-0 at Wessex League Premier side Bournemouth.

Falmouth’s Vase run was also ended by a Wessex League side last season, with Hamworthy United running out 3-1 extra-time winners in their second round proper tie at home to Town, despite the Cornish club leading 1-0 with five minutes of normal time remaining.

Town began their run last season with a pair of wins against Western League Premier opposition, with a 2-1 win at home to Clevedon Town being followed by an emphatic 6-0 victory at Bridport.

Town will not have to travel quite so far in the second preliminary round should they be victorious on Saturday, with a trip to the winner of the all-South West Peninsula League tie between St Blazey and Godolphin Atlantic to follow.

Blues on the road again

Helston Athletic make the trip to Keynsham Town tomorrow.

Saturday’s first qualifying round tie at Crown Field will be Helston and Keynsham’s first meeting, although the Somerset side did beat Porthleven 4-2 in a second qualifying round replay in 1996 and won 1-0 at Penryn Athletic at the same stage in 2010.

Founded in 1895, Keynsham spent much of their history in the local leagues before joining the Western League in 1973, where they have remained ever since.

In that time they have bounced between the Premier and Division One several times, winning the latter on two occasions, with the most recent coming earlier this year as they won 30 of their 38 games.

The K’s have good pedigree in the Vase, with their best run seeing them reach the fifth round in 2004 – a run which began with a 5-2 replay win at home to Liskeard.

Helston are yet to win in three away Vase ties, with their sole victory in the competition coming at home to Team Solent in 2016.

The winner of Saturday’s tie will host Axminster Town in the second qualifying round on September 14.

Helston manager Steve Massey said: “These are the times at clubs like ours when you can turn them into memorable weeks of football, and certainly we have an opportunity to maybe have a run in this Vase.”

Helston also confirmed that former Truro City boss Leigh Robinson has joined Massey's coaching team.

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Porthleven will hope to arrest a horrendous run in the competition with victory at home to fellow South West Peninsula League Premier West side Callington Town.

The Fishermen are without a win in the Vase since a 3-2 victory at Elmore in 2011, having lost their six games since then and conceded a total of 39 goals along the way.

Callington have had a difficult start to the season, having picked up just one point from their first six games and conceding 33 goals already.

The two sides met in the second round of the Cornwall Senior Cup last season, with Matt Fox scoring the only goal as Porthleven went on to reach the quarter-finals.

The winner of Saturday’s tie will visit either Elburton Villa or Saltash United in the next round.