FA Cup: Late goal earns replay for Norwich United, as Wroxham and Fakenham prepare to clash
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Matt Blake struck a late equaliser to keep Norwich United in the FA Cup last night.
The Planters trailed 1-0 in their preliminary round tie at St Ives, with the game into the second minute of injury-time, when Blake fired home from 20 yards to secure a 1-1 draw.
The Cambridgeshire side took the lead in the 28th minute through Danny Watson, who later blotted his copybook by being sent off for a poor tackle 15 minutes from time.
The FA Cup adventure continues today with a Norfolk derby providing the main local interest.
Wroxham host Thurlow Nunn Premier side Fakenham, who are yet to win in the league this season but secured a comprehensive 4-0 win in their replay at Huntingdon in the previous round.
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Kirkley & Pakefield head for Suffolk, where they face Thurlow Nunn Premier rivals Whitton United, who have lost three of their first four matches of the campaign. The Royals are still unbeaten under new boss Gaven Tipple though, having won two and drawn one of their three league games, and came through a replay against Hertford Town in the extra preliminary round.
Wisbech are also in FA Cup action and host local rivals Holbeach United, who also play in the United Counties Premier Division.
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There are only two Premier Division games amongst the cup action, both involving Norfolk sides playing at home. Gorleston host Hadleigh United, looking to build on a 1-1 draw at Swaffham Town in midweek. Life under Ricci Butler had started well with a 1-0 win at Haverhill Rovers but three consecutive defeats had held up the Greens' progress.
Swaffham welcome Haverhill to Shoemakers Lane hoping to build on that midweek draw as well, with the visitors having lost all four of their matches so far this season.
In the First Division, Great Yarmouth Town will try to continue their 100pc start to the campaign when they travel to March Town United.
Diss Town continue to try and shake off their relegation hangover when they host AFC Sudbury Reserves and Dereham Reserves welcome Downham Town, with both having won one of their three matches so far.
King's Lynn Town Reserves are up to fourth in the early standings and will look to continue that form at Cornard United, who have failed to win any of their opening four games.
The FA Cup action continues tomorrow when Thetford Town begin life without Mark Scott with their preliminary round tie against Bury Town.
The Suffolk side make the short journey to Mundford Road tomorrow (3pm) as the pitch is in use by Thetford Town Cricket Club today, in their last match of the season.
Interim managers Dave Skipp and Ian Fancett take control of their first match following the club's decision to relieve Scott of his duties at the beginning of this week, with a poor start to the season bringing an end to his six-year reign as the Brecklanders' boss. They beat local rivals Swaffham Town 4-2 in the extra preliminary round.
but face a tough task to progress against Bury, who play a level higher, alongside Wroxham and Dereham in the Ryman League North Division.