FA Vase third round draw: Norwich United handed home tie and Wisbech Town set for Spalding United derby clash

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Norwich United have been handed a home tie in the draw for the third round of the FA Vase, while Wisbech Town will make a short journey across the Lincolnshire border to take on Spalding United.

Norwich will host east London side Erith Town, in a first third-round match for the Planters in 11 years, following Saturday's 3-2 victory away at Enfield 1893.

Manager Damian Hilton said: 'With the Vase you go in as an unknown entity and play teams you have never seen or played before so at least we are at home.

'Saturday was probably our worst performance of the season but of course the most important thing is the result. It's nice to still be in the Vase for the publicity it brings and a little bit of revenue for the club, so you want to stay in as long as possible.'

Wisbech were also in the draw following a 6-3 win in extra-time at Gornal Athletic, having equalised in the dying moments of normal time.


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They have been rewarded with a derby clash against high-flying Spalding, who top the UCL Premier Division with 15 wins from 15 games, including a 2-0 win against the Fenmen.

The match will also see Wisbech players Tony Battersby and Kieran Doherty return to Spalding after being released this summer.

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Joint Wisbech boss Paul Cousins said: 'I kind of expected it. They've got a lot of money and have been bringing in players from step three or four to play at step five, so we know it will be really tough.

'There will probably be quite a few people there, with it being a derby and anything can happen in the cup, so who knows, but it will definitely be a tough game.'

The ties are due to be played on the weekend of December 7 and 8, with the winners to receive £1,500 in prize money.

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