In-form Gorleston and Great Yarmouth turn attentions to FA Vase

Action from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division match, Great Yarmouth Town (yellow/black) V Ely City.

Action from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division match, Great Yarmouth Town (yellow/black) V Ely City. Hadyn Davis for Yarmouth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

In-form coastal rivals Gorleston and Great Yarmouth Town turn their attentions to the FA Vase this weekend.

Both sides go into the competition on the back of strong league form – Gorleston are fourth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table, and their local rivals are just two points behind in fifth.

The Bloaters entertain Bourne Town, of the United Counties League Division One, in the third qualifying round of the Vase, while Gorleston's form is even better – they smashed in five without reply at Wivenhoe last weekend in a match between the division's only unbeaten teams.

Wisbech St Mary are the visitors to Emerald Park (3). The Fenland side are new into the Thurlow Nunn League this season having being promoted from the Kershaw Premier League where they finished fifth. They are currently sixth in the First Division having only lost two of their eight games so far.

'We go into the game as massive underdogs and we hope we can go cause an upset but we know there's a big challenge ahead,' said St Mary's manager Arran Duke.

Kirkley & Pakefield face a trip to Ely, while in-form Thetford are at home to Framlingham Town. Wisbech will be hoping Jack Friend's scoring touch doesn't desert him for a tough home game against Mildenhall.

The 19-year-old failed to find the net in his first five matches for the Fenmen but since then has bagged seven goals in three games – including consecutive hat-tricks.

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Memories of Diss Town's FA Vase triumph at Wembley in 1994 always come flooding back at this time of the year, with the Tangerines at home to Team Bury this afternoon.

There is league action as well today, with in-form Fakenham Town at home to Godmanchester in the Premier Division and Swaffham entertaining Newmarket.

In the First Division, Dereham Reserves have the league's most unwanted sequence: they have lost all eight of their games to be firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. And it doesn't get any easier - they travel to leaders Coggeshall Town today. Downham are at home to AFC Sudbury while Kings Lynn Reserves face Holland FC at The Walks.

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