Clubs hoping to see clouds lift

Norfolk clubs will be hoping to avoid a third successive weekend of inactivity as the weather again casts a cloud of uncertainty over tomorrow's league fixtures.

Vauxhall Mallards and Horsford remain the only teams in the county to have completed a Saturday league fixture to date and tomorrow they face each other in the East Anglian Premier League at Brundall.

Swardeston and Great Witchingham are yet to take to the field; tomorrow Swardeston travel to Sudbury and Witchingham host Copdock & Old Ipswichian.

Norwich, relegated from the EAPL last season, are due to make a belated Norfolk Alliance Premier Division return at Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers.

Norfolk League champions Rolles-by host Sprowston B and last year's West Norfolk League winners Denver are at newly-promoted Long Sutton.

Carter Cup hopefuls get their chance to win through to face one of the county's big guns on Sunday.

The four Norfolk sides from the East Anglian Premier Division – Great Witchingham, Horsford, Swardeston and Vauxhall Mallards – along with four quarter-finalists from last year's Carter Cup – Acle, Mattishall, Norwich and North Runcton – have received byes to the second round. There are eight first round ties on Sunday, including newcomers Martham, from the Norfolk League, taking on Alliance Division Three side Garboldisham.

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The Kingfisher Beer Cup ties between Mallards and Swardeston and Witchingham and Horsford, postponed last weekend, have been rescheduled for this Sunday.

n See tomorrow's EDP for a full list of the weekend's fixtures.

Carter Cup first round draw (Sunday, 11am): Dereham v Downham, Bradenham v Sprowston, Mundford v Hethersett & Tas Valley, Fakenham v Old Buckenham, Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers v Beccles, Hardingham v Swaffham, Bungay v Diss, Garboldisham v Martham.

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