Norwich United advance in FA Vase but Great Yarmouth must play waiting game

Ross King scored twice for Kirkley & Pakefield against Diss. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Ross King scored twice for Kirkley & Pakefield against Diss. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Norwich United and Great Yarmouth Town will go into the hat for the FA Vase draw today – but only one is guaranteed a place in the last 32.

While United were winning 1-0 away to Tring Athletic, the Bloaters saw their game at Hullbridge Sports postponed because of a waterlogged pitch and will try again tomorrow evening.

Damian Hilton's Norwich United side moved into the next round courtesy of a second-half strike by Matty Daniels.

Their place at the top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division was never in doubt in their absence, but Godmanchester Rovers gave them a reminder of their ambitions by closing the gap to three points after a 5-1 win over Gorleston.

Gorleston lost goalkeeper Liam Hembling through illness in the morning, Tom Marsden stepping in for his first appearance since 2006. The Greens' goal came on 32 minutes when Chris Sandford equalised with a dipping drive from 25 yards.

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But their day worsened when Kyle Howell was sent off in the final minutes.

Kirkley & Pakefield are up to fourth after beating Diss Town 4-0. It means the Tangerines are back on the bottom of the table. Ross King scored twice to make it 2-0 after 21 minutes, but missed the chance of a hat-trick when he saw a penalty saved.

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Jordan Haverson added a third on 76 minutes before Kyle Baker made it 4-0 a minute from the end of normal time.

Fakenham Town beat Wivenhoe Town 2-1 at Clipbush Park, thanks to Dion Frary and Robbie Harris, while Thetford were thumped 4-1 at home by FC Clacton.

The Brecklanders dominated the first half at Mundford Road, hitting the woodwork three times and having a goal disallowed, but went into half-time 1-0 down.

The visitors doubled their lead shortly after the break but skipper Shane Leech halved the deficit soon after, only to concede two more to slip to a disappointing defeat.

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