Huge FA Vase test facing Swaffham

Swaffham Town face a huge FA Vase game against Stowmarket Picture: Eddie Deane

Swaffham Town face a huge FA Vase game against Stowmarket Picture: Eddie Deane - Credit: Archant

Swaffham Town face perhaps the biggest game in their history on Saturday afternoon when they fly the flag for Norfolk in the FA Vase.

The county's only survivors in the national competition will be aiming to reach the last 32 when they take on Stowmarket Town at Shoemakers Lane (3pm).

Both sides are going well in their respective sections of the Thurlow Nunn League, with Stowmarket fourth in the Premier Division and Swaffham third in Division One. The Pedlars are hoping for a big crowd, believing the '12th man' on the sidelines could make all the difference.

In the Premier Division, Gorleston will be aiming to put together another impressive run after getting back to winning ways in midweek. The Greens put a run of three defeats behind them on Tuesday evening when they beat Norwich United 1-0 at Emerald Park in the League Challenge Cup.

Stu Larter's side had won seven games on the trot before their recent poor run, which saw them lose a couple of league games and bow out of the Norfolk Senior Cup.


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They will now be out to prove normal service has been resumed when they play host to Whitton United in a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division encounter (3pm).

Whitton are just one point behind the Greens in 13th position but have won just one of their last four league games, although that was last time out against high-flying Wroxham.

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They have struggled on the road so far, losing six of their eight league games.

Great Yarmouth Town have a welcome break this weekend after suffering an eighth straight league defeat at Stowmarket last Saturday. Their next game is at Ely next Saturday.

Kirkley & Pakefield, in sixth, travel to Brantham Athletic, who are one place and three points below them but with a game in hand.

Norwich United, in 12th, have a trip to Hadleigh United while Thetford Town are at Long Melford.

In the First Division, leaders Harleston go to King's Lynn Town Reserves, second-placed Mulbarton are at home to Downham Town while struggling Diss host Fakenham.

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