Stockton Town are hoping to continue their fairytale run in the Buildbase FA Vase when they take on Stourport Swifts at Bishopton Lane West this afternoon.

The ENL first division side have become one of the surprise packages in this season’s competition – only the second campaign in their history – and have beaten some well-fancied teams, including previous competition favourites West Auckland, in the previous round.

“We have gone from strength to strength in the competition so far,” said manager Micky Dunwell, who will choose from a full strength side.

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“Nobody gave us a chance of beating Consett in the second qualifying round, but the players responded well. Since then, we have beaten some useful sides.

“Ever since the draw for this round was made, the lads have been focusing on it, and their main focus now is to get to Wembley.

“We’re still four games away, and there’s a lot of work to do, but the lads know that they must produce their best form.”

Marske United are also in action, at home to Bradford Town from the Western League.

Marske have been installed as the favourites for the competition following their 5-0 win over Hinckley over the last round, and manager Carl Jarrett said; “We’re not taking any notice of the bookmakers.

“We need to make sure that our attitudes are right, and we don’t leave anything in the dressing room.

“We must make sure that we respect Bradford, because anything can happen over 90 minutes in a cup tie – the players must get on with their jobs like they normally do.

“We know a little bit about Bradford, in that they use different formations and they have some tidy players. We have been unable to see them play because they’ve had games postponed, but they’ll have had the same problem with ourselves because we’ve hardly played.”

Jarrett’s only doubt is over defender Mattie Bell, who picked up a knock in training in midweek.