Swaffham Town can’t wait for their big FA Vase clash against Desborough Town

Swaffham Town will be looking to keep their Wembley dream alive today when they host Desborough in the FA Vase first round.

Paul Hunt's Thurlow Nunn First Division Pedlars play one level below Ar Tarn – who play in the United Counties Premier Division (UCL). However, the Swaffham manager insists his troops are relishing their underdog status ahead of their big cup match at Shoemakers Lane.

Hunt said: 'If you look at it on paper we have no pressure on us because we play a level below them. I'll be telling the boys to try and play with freedom. It's a cup game so it's all about both sides giving everything on the day because anything can happen. Everyone associated with the club can't wait for the game.'

Hunt admits he's looking forward to a break from league action after a run of injuries and string of availability issues coincided with a tough run of fixtures. Swaffham record their first point in five league games at Halstead Town on Saturday thanks to youngster George Hutton's first senior goal.

In even better news, Dean Miller, Rory Harper, Ashley St John, Toby Hilliard and Jake Platten could all return to the Pedlars' squad for this afternoon's clash.


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Elsewhere in the Vase, Dereham Town host S&L Corby - who they've beaten in the FA Cup this season - Diss Town travel to Hullbridge Sports and Gorleston visit Burnham Ramblers.

In league action, Premier Division table-toppers Wisbech Town travel to FC Clacton, Kirkley & Pakefield are at CRC while sixth-placed Norwich United, now managed by Damian Hilton after he replaced Paul Chick at the helm this week, host second-placed Mildenhall Town.

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In the First Division, third-placed Fakenham Town are at home to basement boys Cornard United. Great Yarmouth Town welcome Saffron Waldren Town. Resurgent Downham Town - unbeaten in three league matches - face a long trip to Braintree Town Reserves.

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