FOLLOWING the news that the Buildbase FA Vase will resume in April, Malvern Town co-manager Dene Whittal Williams can now finally look ahead to some football.

Town's fourth round trip to Congleton Town is set to go ahead on Saturday April 17, a full five months after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Midland Football League Premier Division side Sporting Khalsa in the third round.

The Hillsiders will once more take on higher level opponents with Congleton competing in the North West Counties League Premier Division (step 5 of the pyramid).

“Considering the situation, we are very grateful that we will get the opportunity to continue our season,” said Williams.

“It’s a fixture that we are extremely excited about even though we’ve yet again had to wave goodbye to the chance of claiming a League title for the second season in succession.

“Games do not come much bigger than this at our level; we are proud to have reached this far, equalling the club’s best-ever run in this competition and now we want to set a new record."

With Malvern's league season, again, being cancelled, they have not played a game of football since that famous game with Khalsa and Williams appreciates the physical effort it is going to require to compete with a side a level above them.

“As a group with have stuck together even without a target of a fixture. It really does say a lot about our togetherness; the players are engaged in a training programme that they complete independently, which aims to ensure we are physically prepared to train hard with the ball upon our face-to-face return," he added.

“Simply put, it will be down to the hard work individuals put in now that shapes the squad for what will be a physically-challenging fixture against Congleton.

“So, if you are one of our valued supporters who’ve stood by us up to this point, if you see lads working hard whilst wearing the Malvern Town badge when you are out and about, give them a wave or pap on the car horn!

“We are serious about going all the way to Wembley, but for now we will enjoy each other’s company at the earliest opportunity whilst building up and preparing for April 17th.”

Due to coronavirus restrictions. the game will be played behind-closed-doors, however, the club is looking into the possibility of providing a Live Stream to go alongside the usual regular match updates via social media.

The Worcester News will also hope to be allowed to attend the fixture.