BOTH Wellington and Bishops Lydeard are in FA Vase action this weekend as they take a break from their respective league campaigns.

Lydeard, who lost 4-1 at home to Roman Glass St George on Wednesday evening, face a 224-mile round trip to AFC St Austell for their first qualifying round tie.

The hosts play in the South West Peninsula League, which is the same level in the football pyramid as Lydeard and the same division as Taunton Town's FA Cup conquerors Tavistock.

St Austell are under new management, with Chris Knight having taken charge at the end of August, and the Cornish outift have won two and lost three of their five games so far this season.

Wellington, meanwhile, are on home soil for the first time this season as they welcome Wells City.

Both sides have had difficult starts to their Toolstation Western League Premier Division seasons and sit towards the wrong end of the table having picked up a solitary win apiece - City's only victory so far came against Wellington as they won 2-1 last month.

Speaking after Tuesday evening's defeat at Street, Wellington manager Clive Jones said: “I’ve no complaints about the result – it flatters us.

“They ran us ragged, but our players worked so hard to stay in the game.

“Connor [Pengelly] scored his first Western League goal, so I’m delighted for him.”

Good news came in the form of club captain Sam Bryant’s injury – which he picked up last week against Cribbs – not being as serious as previously feared.

Bryant spent all of last season out with a cruciate injury, but Jones said he has not suffered a recurrence of that problem, and will likely miss three to four weeks.

Jones said: “We’re looking forward to it, as we’ve had a lot of tough away games.”

He added: “We’re working hard to stop sides, but we need to play more ourselves.

“That’s not a criticism of my players – they’re giving everything.

“We will be working hard on the training ground to get it right.”

With £550 on offer to the winners in this round of the Vase, both Wellington and Lydeard will be eager to progress.

Staplegrove are in Somerset County League Premier Division action at home to Fry Club.

Grove go into the match in 15th having picked up one win in four matches so far.