Birtley Town vs Ilkley Town


Birtley Town

  • Aidan Rutledge - 2 (23', 45') goal(s)

Ilkley Town

  • Shaban Mehmeti - 1 goal(s)
Sat 27 Aug 2022 | 3:00 pm
Birtley Town


The 2022/23 Isuzu FA vase campaign kicked off on Saturday with a difficult home draw against Ilkley Town.

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The Hoops progressed to the next round with a 2-1 victory over Ilkley Town. Birtley made a number of changes to the side which won comfortably over Willington in midweek. Mark Pattison came in for the missing Sam Hedley for his first start of the season. Owen Lancaster returned to defence with Jack Honour pushing into the midfield. Joe Barwick replaced the injured Glenn Hargrave. 

The visitors were denied by a great save from Conor Grant. Grant denied Shaban Mehmeti with a brilliant string right hand after it looked like the forward had opened the scoring. After 15 minutes Ilkley struck the post. The early dominance from the Yorkshire side paid off when they took the lead through Mehmeti. His pace was causing real issues for the hosts and he shrugged off a challenge from Owen Lancaster, before cutting inside to fire beyond Grant. 

Conor Grant produced a number of fine saves.

Birtley were level within a minute. Sam Hedley played a ball into Barwick who delivered a neat layoff to Rutledge. The Birtley number nine managed to nick the ball ahead of the defender before being brought down and the hosts were awarded a penalty. Rutledge himself stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner. On 40 minutes, Callum Smith saw his effort cleared off the line for a corner but it wasn’t long before Smith was involved again. He drew a foul from the Ilkley right back in the area and Rutledge smashed home his second spot kick of the game. 

After the break it was Birtley who started brightly, Rutledge was sent clear by Tom Scothern but the Ilkley defence managed to force the Birtley forward wide. His effort was cleared for a corner. Ilkley were starting to dominate the game by the midway point of the second half. Conor Grant did well to smother the Ilkley number 7 after a neat move. Grant again made an excellent save to deny an equaliser after the visitors had broke down the right wing. 

In the 70th minute Ilkley Town hit the post again. A beautifully floated ball from midfield saw the Ilkley through on goal again. This time it was the post which came to Birtley’s aid. Callum Smith then struck the post for Birtley as the game seemed destined for more goals. Joe Barwick nearly secured the win on 83 minutes but he couldn’t quite reach Brandon Turnbull’s excellent delivery. 

Manager Paul Foster was pleased to progress. “That was a difficult game for us and Ilkley are the best side we have faced this season. We have a few injuries and everyone who stepped in did very well. We are pleased to be through to the next round against a top side in Newton Aycliffe.”

Birtley managed to hold on to progress to the next round and will now play Newton Aycliffe FC in the 2nd qualifying round on Saturday 24th September at The Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium. 

MOTM – Conor Grant

Conor Grant received the Player of the Match award from our former players. Grant produced a number of fine saves to ensure Birtley progressed to the next round. 

Attendance – 258 including a number of former players who attended our players reunion. 

Former Birtley Town FC players attend the FA Vase game against Ilkley Town.




Date Time League Season
Sat 27 Aug 2022 3:00 pm FA Vase 2022-23


Birtley Town
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Durham Road, DH3 2QW


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Birtley Town202
Ilkley Town101

Birtley Town

1Conor Grant Goalkeeper
2Ben Garrity 15 Midfielder
3Mark Pattison Defender 90'
4Jack Honour Midfielder
5Owen Lancaster Defender 60'
6Callum Turnbull Defender
7Alex Francis Midfielder
8Thomas Scothern Midfielder
9Aidan Rutledge Forward 23', 45'
10Callum Smith 12 Forward
11Joe Barwick Forward
12Alex Morland 10 Midfielder
13John Mordey Goalkeeper
14John Martin Defender
15Brandon Turnbull 2 Forward
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 23 40 45 60 90 90 FT