In-form frontmen ready to lock horns in FA Cup as Norwich United host Wisbech Town

Matt Blake scored the only goal in Norwich United's FA Cup match against Deeping Rangers Photo: Bill

Matt Blake scored the only goal in Norwich United's FA Cup match against Deeping Rangers Photo: Bill Smith

Red-hot Norwich United will hope to extend their 100pc start at Plantation Park when they host Wisbech Town.

The city outfit have won all four of their home matches, including one in the FA Cup, ahead of this afternoon's first qualifying round clash against the Fenmen.

So Damian Hilton's troops will be full of confidence as they look to prolong their run in the competition and pick up some more vital prize money to boost their coffers.

The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division club have pocketed £1,500 and £1,925 already having seen off Deeping Rangers and Thetford Town to reach the third stage of non-league hopefuls trying to keep their dreams of mixing it with the big boys alive.

And having only tasted one loss so far this term to Gorleston, the smart money is on Norwich progressing. However, their United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division opponents have a fine cup pedigree and last season reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase before bowing out to eventual winners Sholing.


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The Fenmen have seen off Sleaford Town and Kirkley & Pakefield to set up their trip up the A47 and boss Dick Creasey is desperate for them to make sure their name is in the hat for the second qualifying round draw. He said: 'It's a massive game. We are not going to win the cup but there is pride and a sense of achievement at stake, as well as the financial rewards. If we get through we'll get £3,000, which is a monumental amount for a club of our size. Knowing some of their players and their manager, we know it's going to be a really tough game. But we are really looking forward to going there and hopefully still being in the draw on Monday.'

If the scores are tied after extra-time a replay will take place next week, probably on Tuesday.

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Both clubs have their own in-form strikers with the hosts' Matt Blake having found the net eight times this term – three times in the famous competition. Wisbech's Josh Ford has plundered the same number of FA Cup goals during his club's 3-1 and 2-1 victories.

Creasey, whose men lost 2-1 at Huntingdown Town in UCL action on Saturday, added: 'Our support is fantastic. I would not be surprised if we outnumber them. We'll go out and give it our best.'

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