Thurlow Nunn League round-up: Gorleston head west to start FA Vase quest

Gorleston, green, visit Holbeach United today. Picture: DAVID HARDY

Gorleston, green, visit Holbeach United today. Picture: DAVID HARDY - Credit: Archant

Gorleston face a daunting trip to Holbeach United as they begin their FA Vase journey.

Richard Daniels' Greens enter the competition for teams at Step Five and Six of the non-league pyramid at today's first round stage but have been handed what should be a humdinger of a fixture in Lincolnshire.

Holbeach sit second in the United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division after a great start to the term and look destined to challenge for the title.

However, the Greens cross the border in high spirits, having thumped Walsham-le-Willows 5-0 in midweek.

And they've also started their term impressively sitting third in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division so should offer Holbeach plenty to worry about.

Fellow top-flight Eastern Counties outfit Fakenham Town travel to Irchester United while top-tier Kirkley & Pakefield entertain Colney Heath.

First Division Great Yarmouth Town, meanwhile, travel to Waltham Forest. The Bloaters go into the game with a good run of form under their belts, losing only one match out of the last 11.

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Bloaters' manager Ricci Butler said: 'For the second time in this season's competition we face opposition from a higher level than ourselves, but if we work hard and play to our capabilities we will be in with a shout.

'Apart from the Thetford game we have been looking tight at the back and hopefully Mitch Forbes will be back to his goalscoring best. We will be hoping to give the travelling Bloaters fans something to cheer about.'

If scores are deadlocked at 90 minutes there will be extra-time. If teams can still not be separated, replays will be staged next week. Winning teams will pocket £900 prize money and will be joined in the hat by the arriving Norwich United and Wisbech Town – both exempt until the second round thanks to their outstanding progress in last term's Vase.

In league action, Norwich United can move further clear at the top of the Premier Division by winning at Haverhill Rovers.

At the other end of the standings Diss Town will look to pick up their second league victory of what has been a torrid campaign when they welcome Brantham Athletic.

In the First Division, Downham Town welcome Braintree Town Reserves while King's Lynn Town's second string host their AFC Sudbury counterparts. Downham's four wins this season have all come on their own turf so their improvement has a decent chance of continuing.

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