Thurlow Nunn League and FA Vase: Norwich United aim to put defeat behind them

Alex Vincent unable to gain control for Swaffham in their 2-2 draw with Haverhill Rovers at Shoemake

Alex Vincent unable to gain control for Swaffham in their 2-2 draw with Haverhill Rovers at Shoemakers Lane. Picture: Eddie Deane - Credit: Eddie Deane

Walsham le Willows may feel the pent up frustration of league leaders Norwich United at Plantation Park this afternoon.

The reigning Premier Division champions suffered a shock 6-2 home defeat in the FA Cup on Wednesday night to taste defeat for only the fourth time in 2015.

The Planters were dominant last season and have made a 100pc start to their title defence – but slipped to a heavy loss to higher-level St Ives Town in their preliminary round replay, despite having gone 1-0 up through Matty Daniels early on.

Walsham arrive in Blofield with three draws and one loss from their opening four games and will have to be wary of a wounded Planters side who will no doubt be looking to put their midweek defeat firmly behind them.

Fakenham Town will also be hoping to bounce back after a tough week.

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The Ghosts conceded a late goal in a valiant 3-2 loss at Wroxham in the FA Cup preliminary round last weekend and then conceded two late goals in a 3-0 loss at home to Gorleston in the league on Wednesday night.

That leaves them without a point or a goal in the Premier Division yet this term, ahead of a tough trip to title hopefuls Godmanchester Rovers.

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Gorleston will look to build on their win at Clipbush Park when they travel to fourth-placed Stanway Rovers.

Kirkley & Pakefield successfully navigated their way through to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win at Whitton United last weekend and are looking to continue their unbeaten start to life under Gaven Tipple.

The Royals host Mildenhall in league action, who have made a decent start to the season, before heading to Buckinghamshire to take on Beaconsfield SYCOB in the FA Cup next weekend.

Swaffham are also in home league action and host one of the division's unbeaten sides, third-placed Newmarket.

The Pedlars have drawn all three of their matches at Shoemakers Lane since promotion to the Premier Division and will be looking for their first home win against the Jockeys.

FA Vase qualifying also begins for some local sides this weekend.

Thetford are one of the 272 teams starting in the first qualifying round, hosting Lincolnshire side Blackstones at Mundford Road.

The visitors play a step lower in the non-league pyramid, in the United Counties First Division, and stand between the Brecklanders hosting Peterborough Northern Star in the second qualifying round.

Yarmouth also begin their Vase campaign, away at Boston Town, as do Downham Town when they make their return to the competition with a home clash against Huntingdon Town.

There are home ties up for grabs in the next round for both clubs, against Deeping Rangers for Yarmouth and Peterborough Sports or Sleaford for Downham.

In the First Division, Diss look to continue their good start to the season when they make the trip to Ely City and high-flying King's Lynn Reserves are at Woodbridge.

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