BRIDGWATER Town have the incentive of a home tie in the next round of the FA Vase should they overcome Melksham Town in their replay tonight (Monday).

Southern Counties East Premier League outfit Crowborough Athletic will visit the victors of the all-Western League Premier Division clash between the two sides, who drew 2-2 after extra-time at Fairfax Park on Saturday.

Reflecting on the match, Robins co-manager Dave Pearse said: “It was end-to-end and a draw was a fair result.

“There were contrasting styles - we aim to get it down and play whereas they are very direct, but we dealt with it well."

Tonight is Town's first visit to Melksham's new ground, Oakfields Stadium, where Pearse is hoping the pitch will be to his side's liking.

"It [the surface] should suit our passing game, but we will have to be on our guard as we know what to expect from them.

"They have a big frontman [Gary Higdon] who they play off, and they will be looking to bombard our box with long throws and free-kicks.

"We defended well on Saturday and will have to do so again tonight, and hopefully we can take our chances at the other end.

"They will have a big crowd in, so it will be a good test for us."

The draw for the next round suits Pearse, should the Robins get there, as he has maintained throughout the competition that he would rather play teams from outside the Western League.

"I was sure we were going to get Bradford Town, so I am pleased to get a team from miles away who we know absolutely nothing about," he said.