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.

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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)

FA Cup

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

Preliminary Round

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

FA Trophy

Preliminary Round

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

FA Vase

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

First Round

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

1 comment

  • No mention of leiston in main wright up, surprising as they have been promoted to ryman premier !

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    Steve

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

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