Tow Law manager Steve Murray is hoping that his team’s excellent away form will help them to more FA Buildbase Vase glory at 1874 Northwich on Saturday..

Lawyers have already pulled off two shocks against higher division clubs in the competition so far, and Murray is hoping that Lawyers’ away league form of just one defeat in eight matches will help them through today.

“I’m sure that it’s going to be a tough game, because they have been winning recently, but we are going there full of confidence and hoping to progress,” said Murray.

“We have played well away from home this season at some difficult places in the league. I’m sure that the players will rise to the occasion again. “ Simon Ord, Gareth Young and Adam Knowles are all cuptied having already played in the competition for other clubs, so Tom Orton will play in goal. Winger Adam Nicholls also returns to the side.

Northwich, an offshoot of Northwich Victoria, play in the North West Counties League, and are currently sixth from bottom of their premier division, but have played only ten games.

The biggest game in the north east is probably Shildon’s away tie at Marske United, with both teams going well in the Northern League.

Shildon are third, one place behind Marske, and manager Danny Moore said; “It’s going to be a good battle between two teams who have been playing well this season.

“We have played well away from home this season, and had some very good wins. We are aiming to have a good run in the competition.”

The two clubs have already met once this season in the league, with Marske coming out on top at Dean Street.

Defender Dominic Curl is injured and another defender, Matty Robson, suspended, while Kyle May, Dean Renyard and Martyn Coleman have all gone to Penrith.

West Auckland, who are second favourites behind Morpeth to win the competition, are at home to Billingham Town, one division below them in the Northern League.

West are badly hit by player absences. Striker Amar Purewal, defender Danny Cobain and midfielder Matty Wade are all injured, centre half Dan Parker is suspended and midfielder Alex Francis is unavailable, while strikers Nathan Fisher and Ben wood both face late fitness tests.

Town, meanwhile, had a good run last season, reaching the fourth round before they went out to eventual finalists Cleethorpes.

Newton Aycliffe are hoping to end their barren run when they face Bishop Auckland in their local derby in the ENL this afternoon.

Aycliffe haven’t won in their last four league games, and failed to score in their last three, a sequence that has seen then drop down to 18th in the table.

Manager Deano Browne said; “We’ve worked hard in recent matches, but haven’t managed to find the back of the net.”

Defender Liam Browne and Dan Mitton are both injured.

Bishops, meanwhile, had a good win over Dunston in midweek, and add Tommy Marron to the squad after missing the midweek game.

In the second division, Northallerton can go clear at the top of the table if they win their tough away game at Whickham. They include defender Dale Elgie, signed from Crook Town, while Liam Jarvie also returns to the squad. Northallerton won at Whickham last week in the Ernest Armstrong Cup.

Crook Town are at home to Hebburn, who are fourth in the table, and manager Chris Lax adds new signings David Paul, Adam Comby and Dale Johnson to the squad, but Dale Spooner is missing.

“We need to take something from this game to take us away from the chasing pack,” said Lax, whose side is sixth from bottom.

Darlington RA and Chester-le-Street, two teams who are in the bottom three, face each other at Brinkburn Road.

Third bottom RA welcome back keeper Phil Pentony, Joe Peel and Leigh Guthrie.

“It’s a tough game because both teams are struggling at the wrong end of the table,” said manager Peter Mulcaster.

Chester are strengthened by the return of five players to their squad after missing last week’s game, and they include recent signings Tom Iley, Danny Naylor and Ben Thompson.

Manager Colin Wake said; “We are looking to build on a resolute performance against Willington last week. We go into the game in much better spirits, but we need to find a level of consistency in terms of performance to get out of the trouble that we find ourselves in.”

Durham City, who have won their last three matches to go tenth in the table, are at home to Esh Winning. Durham manager Olly Hotchkiss could choose an unchanged side, while Esh are hoping to recover from an 8-0 thrashing at home to Whickham last week, and recall several players who missed that game – Gavin Brown, Scott Arnott, Matthew Allison, Jonny Smith, Carl Robinson and Charlie Wigley – but Nick Marley is missing.

Brandon, who are at home to Willington, will give five players -- Dan Madden, Nathan Graham, Jamie Abbott, Jack Marley and Jordan Blinco – their home debuts, while top scorer Vinny Gash is injured and Steven Turnbull returns after suspension.

Willington are without Graham Lazonby, Damon Ellis and Nathan Plews, while striker Connor Winter returns.