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FA Vase semi-finalists Corinthian, Hebburn Town, Consett and Bitton AFC told games set to be played before a new season with a Wembley final

Corinthian’s Wembley dream remains alive.

The Southern Counties East side have been told that their FA Vase semi-final clash could go ahead before the start of the 2020/21 season and that Wembley Stadium is likely to still host the competition final.

Corinthian have received positive news from the Football Association about their FA Vase semi-final
Corinthian have received positive news from the Football Association about their FA Vase semi-final

Corinthian were due to face Northern League Hebburn Town over two legs in March for a place in the final before the Covid-19 crisis led to the tie being postponed.

Consett were set to face Bitton AFC in the other tie.

The Kent club had also been chasing promotion from the SCEFL Premier Division before the league season was declared null and void.

FA Vase semi-finalists have been contacted regarding the semi-finals and the clubs have released a joint statement.

They said: “Although the leagues at step five were declared null and void when the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak became clear, the game’s governing body is determined to finish the Vase, as well as the FA Trophy and the FA Cup.

“This week the FA has re-iterated its intention to play the final at Wembley and said it is in close touch with the government about when playing games with spectators present might be possible - though this obviously depends on further lifting of restrictions necessary to stem the pandemic.

“It is understood the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals will still be played on the same day and Wembley has been approached about available dates. Once agreement has been reached over the finals, dates for the semi-finals will be arranged, and these are likely to be before the start of any new season.”

Corinthian had previously beaten Sheppey United, Canterbury City, Ascot United, Chatham Town, Sporting Khalsa and Leighton Town to reach the semi-finals.

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