CORSHAM Town have been drawn at home to Ascot United in the semi-final of the FA Vase.

The Quarrymen - who have never reached this stage in the club's 130-year history - will play the bookies' favourites on Saturday, April 1 for a place in the final and a spot at Wembley Stadium.

Holders Newport Pagnell have been drawn away to Congleton Town in the competition's other semi-final.

Corsham beat Peacehaven and Telscombe 3-2 on penalties at the weekend to reach the semi-final following a 1-1 draw in normal time in Sussex.

Substitute Ryan Bath put the Quarrymen ahead with his first touch after being sent on midway through the second half in Sussex, moments before Peacehaven hit the bar down the other end.

The Hellenic League Premier Division outfit could not hold on, however, as their Southern Combination League side equalised via a scramble in the box prior to added time being shown.

FA Vase rules saw the game go straight to penalties, with both sides netting their first and missing their second, respectively.

The pattern was repeated in the third and fourth attempts for each team, but after a Corsham player held their nerve in round five, goalkeeper Sam Jepson kept out the final Peacehaven penalty to send the Quarrymen into the final four of the national competition.

Reacting to Corsham’s achievement, manager Kieran Baggs admitted it was difficult to sum it up.

He said: It’s hard to describe the achievement, especially considering how unestablished we’ve been as a major team in the county.

“Two or three years ago, when I took over, we were in Hellenic League Division One, and no one was really talking about Corsham. We’ve just catapulted since then.

“It’s gone absolutely mad with this Vase run. Corsham was not prepared for this, but when these sorts of days happen, it just feels surreal.

“I’m really, really proud of everyone and super thankful for all the support we’ve had.”

Baggs' men have relied on three penalty shoot-outs to reach the final four, beating Wiltshire rivals, Royal Wootton Bassett Town along the way.

Having already banked over £11,000 for the club, Corsham another £1,725 even if they lose against the Combined Counties League Premier Division North outfit next month.

But the Corsham boss is not thinking that way and wants his boys to revel in the role as underdogs.

Baggs said: “I had a feeling we’d get them – I don’t know why. I was just hoping we wouldn’t get them away.

“They’re the favourites, they’ve only lost about two games all season, and they’ve been dispatching everyone in their way.

“But I don’t think it’s any different to any other round. We’ll go into it as probably the biggest underdogs in any Vase game ever, but I know the county of Wiltshire will be down to cheer on Corsham.

“If we can get a really good crowd, it will be a great day no matter what happens. We’ll go into that game trying to do everything we can to cause an upset.

“It’s a free hit for us. Absolutely no one expects us to beat the favourites. We’re still massive, massive underdogs, and just for Corsham to be in the semi-final is ridiculous.”