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By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Friday, July 6, 2012
The region’s non-league football clubs are all dreaming of reaching Wembley next year after the early rounds for the FA Cup, Vase and Trophy were announced this afternoon.
The long road to Wembley Way begins on August 11 for a handful of clubs, including Dereham Town, Fakenham Town and Wisbech Town, who begin their FA Cup campaigns in the Extra Preliminary Round.
The trio are at home and will bag £1,000 prize money if they can see off S&L Corby (Dereham), last season’s UCL League Cup winner St Ives Town (Fakenham) and Desborough Town (Wisbech).
Step Four new-boys King’s Lynn Town and Wroxham - who reached the home of football in the FA Vase in 2010 before losing to Whitley Bay - begin their journeys in the competition on August 25.
Ryman League Wroxham will host Woodbridge Town or Great Wakering Rovers while Evo-Stik Lynn travel to Wellingborough or March Town United in the cup’s Preliminary Round.
Step Three Lowestoft kick-off their Wembley dream in the First Qualifying Round at Tilbury, Brantham Athletic or Mildenhall Town on September 8.
David Batch’s Yachtsmen, as well as Gary Setchell’s Linnets, will play in the FA Trophy - and not the Vase - after earning promotion last season.
Wroxham host AFC Hayes in the Preliminary Round on September 15 while Lynn begin their quest for cup glory at home to Barwell in the First Qualifying Round on September 29. Lowestoft travel to Lewes on the same date.
For the region’s Step Five and Six clubs, their other chance of reaching Wembley comes in the FA Vase. The tie of the First Qualifying Round on September 1 looks set to be the derby between Great Yarmouth Town and Gorleston.
Elsewhere, Thurlow Nunn First Division outfits Downham Town and Swaffham Town have been handed a bye to the next round where they will host Wellingborough Whitworths (Swaffham) and Northampton Spencer (Downham) on September 15.
Wisbech, who reached last season’s quarter-final stage, will come into the competition at the second-round stage.
Draws in full (of local interest)
Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday August 11 (£1,000 prize money)
Dereham Town v S&L Corby
Fakenham Town v St Ives Town
Wellingborough Town v March Town United
Wisbech Town v Desborough Town
Barkingside v Great Yarmouth Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v Sawbridgeworth Town
Gorleston v Stanway Rovers
Basildon United v Diss Town
Stansted v Norwich United
Godmanchester Rovers v Thetford Town
Saturday August 25 (£1,750)
Godmanchester Rovers or Thetford Town v Daventry Town
Irchester United or Huntingdon Town v Fakenham Town or St Ives Town
Dereham Town or S&L Corby v Woodford United
Wisbech Town or Desborough Town v Northampton Spencer or Yaxley
Wellingborough Town or March Town United v King’s Lynn Town
Barkingside or Great Yarmouth Town v Witham Town
Kirkley & Pakefield or Sawbridgeworth Town v Southend Manor or Hullbridge Sports
Needham Market v Gorleston or Stanway Rovers
Bowers & Pitsea or Eton Manor v Stansted or Norwich United
Wroxham v Woodbridge Town or Great Wakering Rovers
Basildon United or Diss Town v Wivenhoe Town or Haverhill Rovers
First Qualifying Round
Saturday September 8 (£3,000)
Cambridge City v Irchester United or Huntingdon Town or Fakenham Town or St Ives Town
Godmanchester Rovers or Thetford Town or Daventry Town v Wellingborough Town or March Town United or King’s Lynn Town
Wisbech Town or Desborough Town or Northampton Spencer or Yaxley v Kettering Town
Rushden & Higham United or Bugbrooke St Michaels or Ely City or Rothwell Corinthians v Dereham Town or S&L Corby or Woodford United
Tilbury or Brantham Athletic or Mildenhall Town v Lowestoft Town
Wroxham or Woodbridge Town or Great Wakering Rovers v FC Clacton or Halstead Town or Brentwood Town
Leiston v Kirkley & Pakefield or Sawbridgeworth Town or Southend Manor or Hullbridge Sports
Concord Rangers v Needham Market or Gorleston or Stanway Rovers
East Thurrock United v Barkingside or Great Yarmouth Town or Witham Town
Grays Athletic or Takeley or Newmarket Town v Bowers & Pitsea or Eton Manor or Stansted or Norwich United
Basildon United or Diss Town or Wivenhoe Town or Haverhill Rovers v Thurrock
Saturday September 15 (£2,300)
Wroxham v AFC Hayes
First Qualifying Round
Saturday September 29 (£2,550)
King’s Lynn Town v Barwell
Lewes v Lowestoft Town
Canvey Island v Wroxham or AFC Hayes
First Qualifying Round
Saturday September 1 (£500)
Cambridge Regional College v Fakenham Town
March Town United v Thrapston Town
Great Yarmouth Town v Gorleston
Felixstowe & Walton United v Kirkley & Pakefield
Second Qualifying Round
Saturday September 15 (£700)
Cambridge University Press v March Town United or Thrapston Town
Swaffham Town v Wellingborough Whitworths
AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Cambridge Regional College or Fakenham Town
Thetford Town v Godmanchester Rovers or Rothwell Corinthians
Downham Town v Northampton Spencer
Dereham Town v Cogenhoe United
Norwich United v Haverhill Sports Association
Great Yarmouth Town or Gorleston v Newmarket Town or Mildenhall Town
Diss Town v Halstead Town or Basildon United
Felixstowe & Walton United or Kirkley & Pakefield v Ipswich Wanderers or Eton Manor
Saturday October 13 (£900)
Long Buckby v Downham Town or Northampton Spencer
Wellingborough Town or Bugbrooke St Michaels or Yaxley v AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Cambridge Regional College or Fakenham Town
Thetford Town or Godmanchester Rovers or Rothwell Corinthians v Cambridge University Press or March Town United or Thrapston Town
Swaffham Town or Wellingborough Whitworths v Huntingdon Town or Desborough Town or Irchester United
Dereham Town or Cogenhoe United v S&L Corby or Raunds Town
Wivenhoe Town or Hullbridge Sports v Diss Town or Halstead Town or Basildon United
Norwich United or Haverhill Sports Association v Felixstowe & Walton United or Kirkley & Pakefield or Ipswich Wanderers or Eton Manor
Burnham Ramblers v Great Yarmouth Town or Gorleston or Newmarket Town or Mildenhall Town