Wroxham boss has eyes on cup run

Wroxham boss Damian Hilton is targeting a money spinning FA Cup run ahead of today's preliminary round tie at Woodbridge.

Wroxham boss Damian Hilton is targeting a money spinning FA Cup run ahead of today's preliminary round tie at Woodbridge.

The Ridgeons Premier League champions have opened the defence of their title in fine style with maximum points from the first five matches. Hilton insists cup progress also ranks high on his agenda.

“We're enjoying a 100pc record so far this season and we certainly want to make the next round of the FA Cup,” he said. “This competition can be very lucrative for non-league clubs like Wroxham.”

Paul Cook could replace the injured Ben Thompson after smacking four goals in a recent reserve outing. Gavin Lemmon is unavailable. Danny White is primed to deputise in midfield.


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Dereham visit United Counties Premier League side Deeping Rangers.

The Magpies' travel in confident mood after a 12-0 mauling of local rivals Fakenham in the previous round. Striker Robbie Harris (foot) is a major injury doubt. Manager Robert Taylor is also waiting on the fitness of Nicky Howell (knee) and Danny Beaumont (thigh).

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Norwich United are on the road at Spalding. Planters' duo Adam Ferguson (suspended) and Matty Banham (cup tied) are out, but fringe players Damon Bensley and James Trudgill have been added to the squad.

Kirkley & Pakefield joint boss Carl Chenery (hamstring) is a worry for his side's trip to Diss. Jordan Blyth is unavailable. Chenery is warning his men the Tangerines will be desperate to pull off a giant killing act.

“Diss have a good strong side,” he said. “With them being relegated I'm sure they'll be looking to turn over a Premier Division side. We're looking forward to the cup and getting a cup run going. It's a chance to progress in a national competition, away from the league, and hopefully generate a bit of money as well.”

Gorleston tackle Debenham in an all-Ridgeons Division One tie.

Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman wants to prove the doubters wrong as his side bid to kickstart their Ridgeons Premier campaign at CRC.

The Blues have so far failed to build on an opening day romp at Swaffham.

“The season is a marathon not a sprint,” he said. “We're only four league games into it - yet people have already written us off. People have short memories - we've won one game, drawn two and lost to the champions so far in the league.

“We made a worse start than this when we won the league two seasons ago. Slowly we're picking up our form and players are returning as well - now we aim to use these next two league games as a platform for bigger things.”

Jamie Godbold returns to the squad but is unavailable for the midweek trip to Norwich United.

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