Blues are ready for tough mission

Lowestoft boss Micky Chapman is plotting an FA Cup first qualifying round giant killing act at non league heavyweights Canvey Island today.

Lowestoft boss Micky Chapman is plotting an FA Cup first qualifying round giant killing act at non league heavyweights Canvey Island today.

Chapman's men will adopt a fearless approach as the Ridgeons Premier Division champions hunt a hat-trick of Essex scalps in this year's competition.

Crown Meadow wins against Stanstead and Witham landed a plum trip to last season's Conference National big hitters.

"It will be a difficult game and we are the underdogs," admitted Chapman. "But there's no reason why we can't cause them problems. We're taking a strong 16-man squad and the boys are looking forward to it."


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Carl Poppy and Jamie Godbold return from suspension. Dale Cockrill, Ross King and Bradley Hough are also available. Gary McGee faces another spell on the sidelines after a recurrence of his foot injury. Marcus Saunders (groin) is doubtful.

Table toppers Wroxham face Southern League opposition again with a trip to Woodford after despatching Aylesbury in the previous round.

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"We know about the standard of football in that league," said Yachtsmen's boss Damian Hilton. "If we can score early and put Woodford under pressure I believe we have a great chance of at least bringing them back to Wroxham - if not getting a positive result at their place."

Defensive stalwarts Graham Challen and Gavin Pauling are unavailable along with striker Ben Thompson. Hilton is expected to partner Coren Hardy with Lee Gilman in attack. Ben Carver returns from holiday at right back with Dale Cooper and Gavin Lemmon also included in the travelling party.

Wisbech boss Dick Creasey is without suspended top scorer Liam Harrold and ineligible St Albans loan player Dane Harper for the trip to former Ridgeons foes Bury.

Dereham, meanwhile, face a stiff test at unbeaten Ridgeons high-flyers Needham Market.

Diss boss Robert Fleck is set to drop himself for the Premier Division visit of Harwich & Parkeston after a rare outing in last week's FA Vase victory at Holbeach for the depleted Tangerines.

The ex-Scottish international teed up Tony Fields for an extra-time winner but Fleck welcomes back Ricci Butler, Matty Joynson and Scott Lindsay. Lee Snowling (ankle) is set to miss out.

Halstead visit King's Lynn Reserves while Kirkley manager Nick Shorten has a selection dilemma ahead of CRC's visit to Walmer Road. Robert Horton, Danny Tacon, Lee Humphries and Adam Rix all return from suspension.

Fakenham joint boss Kevin Boon is demanding a ruthless streak from the Ghosts in Division One against Whitton United. The Ghosts slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Tiptree last time out with Robbie Palmer sent off on his return from suspension for an apparent elbow.

"We missed some sitters in the second half," said Boon. "At 2-1 down we had three one-on-ones with the keeper. The biggest mistake we made was letting the ball bounce - we were playing too much football. It was a silly elbow by Robbie after he had scored a penalty for us."

Gorleston entertain Cornard United while Swaffham bid to bounce back from last week's first defeat of the campaign at Hadleigh.

Yarmouth boss Kevin Rowark expects a positive response on the road against Godmanchester after a lengthy inquest following the home defeat to Thetford.

"There's not enough talking and helping each other on the pitch," he said. "Thetford did all the shouting last week - we were very quiet.

"Confidence, or lack of it, is a big part, but we had the early goal and with the crowd behind us we should have been calling the shots.

"Individually our players are skilful, but my job is to get them functioning as a team. I still think we will get there, we just have to keep believing in what we're doing."

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