DOWNTON will be hoping for more FA Vase glory on Saturday, when they entertain Thornbury Town.

The visitors, who play in the Hellenic League Division One West, are making their debut in the Vase this season.

Both sides are currently third in their respective leagues so a it should be an exciting first round clash.

Downton manager Ben Smith said: "The boys know how much this means to everyone here at Downton and we need to be at the top of our game to get anything from this.

"Thornbury haven’t had a bad start and I have no doubt they will bring a decent crowd with them so we need as much support as we can get on Saturday.

"We will be at full strength and hopefully be in the draw for the next round."

Last Saturday, the Robins were unable to make it five wins on the trot as they lost their top of the table clash at Hythe and Dibden 4-2.

The two in form sides both started brightly.

Downton playing the nicer football in the early stages.

Downton opened the scoring with some fine work by Romero and TJ Moseley to set up Laurance Larbi for a well taken volley.

Almost straight away Hythe equalised with a bizarre own goal from a deflected cross.

Downton so nearly re-took lead but were denied by the woodwork.

With 10 minutes to go to half-time, Downton found themselves defending a corner.

A heavily loaded six-yard box somehow sent the Downton goalkeeper off balance and the result saw him punch the ball into his own net.

Downton did not stop for the remainder of the half and continued to carve through the Hythe defence.

This time it was Moseley whose cute work in their six-yard box set up Jamie Waters who thumped the ball home to go in level at the break.

The second half saw Downton defend in very boggy conditions.

The surface seemed very wet considering there was no rain and Downton could not find their feet.

It was not long before Hythe took the lead with a well worked goal from Shaun Prentice giving the Downton stopper no chance.

Downton lifted themselves and got back into action with Waters and Craig Tyson doing what they do best.

Romero’s trickery was too much for them to handle at times and he had a huge claim for a penalty, but to everyone’s disbelief the ref waved play on.

Downton had another great chance when Water's shot looked to be heading for the top corner, but somehow was deflected out for a corner.

The resulting goal kick was not cleared by Smith and the deflection fell to the path of Sam Woodward who made no mistake to put the game past Downton.

After the game Smith said: "This was a tough one to swallow today. Conceding two own goals early put us in a hard position early in the game but we fought back very well and the lads stayed positive.

"In the first half we clearly dominated large parts of the game and managed to draw level into the break.

"But some defensive errors cost us in the end and I think Hythe would look at that game and say they got lucky with the own goals."