King’s Lynn must hit the road for cup glory

Norfolk's FA Vase duo Wroxham and King's Lynn must do it the hard way after both were drawn away in the fourth round of this season's competition.

The pair still have weather-hit third round ties to complete but now face potentially long road trips in their bid to reach the last 16.

Wroxham host St Ives at Trafford Park tomorrow in their re-scheduled third round tie. Reigning Wessex League Premier champions Poole Town or Hellenic League Premier Division side Wantage await the winners with highly-fancied Poole hosting Wantage this evening.

King's Lynn will travel to either Midland Alliance club Causeway United or Northern League Division One Norton & Stockton Ancients if they dispose of Beckenham Town. Lynn are scheduled to play their third round tie this coming Saturday with Causeway's tie taking place on Sunday. Linnets' joint boss Kevin Boon insists any talk of a fourth round tie on January 22 can wait until their pending visit to Kent this weekend.

'That is cup football,' he said. 'You take what you are given but I look at the draw and we have avoided some really strong looking clubs so we are thankful for that. Whether it's the Birmingham area or the north east it doesn't matter until we have got past Beckenham, but I think both of us will be happy with that draw. Norton are in the same league as Whitley Bay, so we know that would not be an easy tie.'

Lynn have not played since November 20 due to the prolonged cold snap and tonight's delayed Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie at Yarmouth is subject to an early morning pitch inspection at the Wellesley.

'It will be the strongest side we can field,' promised Boon. 'Everyone is available, bar Ross Watson who is cup tied after playing in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup and Chris Bacon, who we haven't obtained international clearance for.

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'Tongy (Paul Tong) will set his side up well because he is a master at that. It won't be easy but we are like everyone left in the competition. The carrot at the end of the season is an April summer's night at Carrow Road. The county do put on a good cup final and we would love to be there but you have some good teams in it this year with Norwich City, Wroxham and Dereham. It is a great prestige cup to play for. We have got the league and FA Vase but we want to go a long way in this competition as well.'

Bloaters' boss Tong believes the Canaries' return is a boost for the county's premier cup competition.

'It has brought a bit of spice back to it with Norwich and a strong Lynn team,' he said. 'Going back to my earlier days at Yarmouth, Norwich City always had a side in it and I think Shaun Turner and the Norfolk FA have done well to add a bit of glamour to it. It's great to be drawn against a Norwich City side and I think it's good for the competition to play against a professional club.'

Gorleston boss Richard Daniels rates their Norfolk Senior Cup home tie tonight against Dereham at '50:50' with temperatures expected to plummet overnight.

'At 3pm on Monday the pitch was playable. By 4.20pm it was frozen,' he said. 'The forecast is for minus five so I would say its 50:50. The groundsman thinks if that gets into the surface then there is little chance but a lot of the pitch is quite shaded with the stands.'

Only Thetford have booked a quarter-final place due to the recent weather. North Walsham are scheduled to face Norwich United tomorrow <wed>with Norwich St John's, Wroxham and St Andrew's all poised to host home ties on Saturday. Norwich City will visit Fakenham on December 14 in the other remaining outstanding fourth round tie.

Lowestoft's Ryman Premier League game at Aveley last night <mon>was postponed due to a frozen pitch. The Blues have now endured five consecutive call offs since mid-November but are due to entertain Uxbridge in the FA Trophy at Crown Meadow on Saturday.