Norfolk’s non-league teams learn FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase fate as early rounds drawn
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Non-league clubs across the region have this morning been drawn in the early rounds of next season's FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase competitions.
With sides plying their trade at different levels of the pyramid, many join each knockout competition at different stages.
But 10 outfits enter the 133rd FA Cup at the extra preliminary round section with the stand-out ties being a Norfolk derby between Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Thetford Town and Diss Town and an intriguing tie between Swaffham Town and Wisbech Town.
The Thurlow Nunn First Division Pedlars have recently re-signed Joe Jackson – who only left to join United Counties League Wisbech in February – and he will enjoy an early reunion on Saturday, August 17.
Should Swaffham see off the higher-level Fenmen they could host Fakenham Town in a mouth-watering preliminary round derby on Saturday, August 31.
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Ryman Division One North new boys Dereham Town, now playing at Step Four for the first time in their history, could make the short trip to Great Yarmouth Town at the same stage – but only if the Bloaters see off Boston Town a fortnight earlier.
On the same day, former Gorleston boss Richard Daniels could visit his old club with Diss if both outfits win their initial matches.
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Step Three debutants King's Lynn Town and Lowestoft Town arrive in the first qualifying round with the former hosting Cambridge City and the latter travelling to either Harlow Town, Walsham-le-Willows or Tower Hamlets.
In the FA Trophy, a cup for sides from Step Four up to the Conference, Wroxham have a preliminary round trip to Burgess Hill Town.
Dereham have been handed a bye and visit Bury Town in the first qualifying round while Lowestoft travel to Enfield Town.
Amazingly, Lynn have somehow landed another home draw – out of the hundreds if not thousands of possible permutations – against Cambridge City.
In the Step Five and Six competition the FA Vase, which also has its final at Wembley, Downham Town face a tough looking first qualifying round clash at Boston Town while Norwich United are away to Haverhill Borough.
A host of the other sides come in at the next round while Gorleston – who finished third in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last term – come in at the first round stage.
Wisbech have gone one better and been given an exemption to the second round after reaching last season's fourth round before bowing out to Gornal Athletic.
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday, August 17
Winners to receive £1,500
Gorleston v Deeping Rangers
Boston Town v Great Yarmouth Town
Holbeach United v Norwich United
Thetford Town v Diss Town
Huntingdon Town v Fakenham Town
Swaffham Town v Wisbech Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v Brightlingsea Regent
Sawbridgeworth Town v Mildenhall Town
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Saturday, August 31
Winners to receive £1,925
Swaffham Town or Wisbech Town v Huntingdon Town or Fakenham Town
Spalding United or Eynesbury Rovers v Holbeach United or Norwich United
Gorleston or Deeping Rangers v Thetford Town or Diss Town
Yaxley or Peterborough Northern Star v Wroxham
Boston Town or Great Yarmouth Town v Dereham Town
Clapton or Stanway Rovers v Sawbridgeworth Town or Mildenhall Town
Tilbury v Kirkley & Pakefield or Brightlingsea Regent
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Saturday, September 14
Winners to receive £3,000
St Neots Town v Yaxley or Peterborough Northern Star or Wroxham
Ely City or Sleaford Town or Godmanchester Rovers v Swaffham Town or Wisbech Town or Huntingdon Town or Fakenham Town
King's Lynn Town v Cambridge City
St Ives Town or Soham Town Rangers v Boston Town or Great Yarmouth Town or Dereham Town
Spalding United or Eynesbury Rovers or Holbeach United or Norwich United v Gorleston or Deeping Rangers or Thetford Town or Diss Town
Witham Town or Newmarket Town or Ilford v Clapton or Stanway Rovers or Sawbridgeworth Town or Mildenhall Town
Harlow Town or Walsham-le-Willows or Tower Hamlets v Lowestoft Town
Tilbury or Kirkley & Pakefield or Brightlingsea Regent v Waltham Abbey or Whitton United or London APSA
FA Trophy Preliminary Round
Saturday, October 5
Winners to receive £2,500
Burgess Hill Town v Wroxham
FA Trophy First Qualifying Round
Saturday, October 19
Winners to receive £2,700
King's Lynn Town v Cambridge City
Burgess Hill Town or Wroxham v Margate
Bury Town v Dereham Town
Enfield Town v Lowestoft Town
FA Vase First Qualifying Round
Saturday, September 7
Winners to receive £600
Boston Town v Downham Town
Haverhill Borough v Norwich United
FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Saturday, September 21
Winners to receive £800
Blackstones v Boston Town or Downham Town
Deeping Rangers v Swaffham Town
Eynesbury Rovers v Fakenham Town
Sleaford Town v Thetford Town
Saffron Walden Town v Haverhill Borough or Norwich United
Mildenhall Town v Stowmarket Town
Diss Town v Basildon United or Stansted
Cornard United v Great Yarmouth Town
Wivenhoe Town or Ipswich Wanderers v Kirkley & Pakefield