Thurlow Nunn League: Kirkley & Pakefield look to make club history by continuing FA Cup run

Kirkley & Pakefield manager Gaven Tipple.

Kirkley & Pakefield manager Gaven Tipple. - Credit: Submitted

One of the biggest matches in the history of Kirkley & Pakefield will be held at Walmer Road today, when the Royals attempt to reach the third qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time.

Gaven Tipple's side face Hitchin Town, who play alongside King's Lynn in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

Victory for the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division hosts would leave them just two matches from the first round proper, when the Football League clubs join the competition.

Hitchin lost 10-0 to Norwich City in pre-season and are also are known as the Canaries.

Kirkley are hoping for a big crowd, with normal admission prices held at £6 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for children.


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In league action, Premier Division leaders Norwich United travel to sixth-placed Brantham Athletic looking to extend their four-point lead at the top after winning 3-1 at home against Swaffham on Tuesday.

Thetford picked up their second point of the season in midweek with a 0-0 home draw against Mildenhall. That followed the first point, thanks to a 2-2 draw at Hadleigh on Saturday, under the interim management of Dave Skipp and Ian Fancett.

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The Brecklanders will look to put some distance between them and bottom-of-the-table Fakenham when they host ninth-placed FC Clacton.

Fakenham begin life with Robbie Harris in charge, after club stalwart Neil Jarvis stepped down as manager following last Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Brantham. Harris steps up from the role of assistant manager as Whitton United arrive at Clipbush Park.

Fifth-placed Swaffham are another team recently affected by managerial changes, with interim boss Matt Parkinson continuing as Long Melford arrive at Shoemakers Lane.

Mid-table Gorleston are also in action, at fourth-placed Newmarket.

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