Blues get home draw but Magpies will have it tough

Michael Bailey Lowestoft have been given a home draw against Hungerford Town in the fifth round of the FA Vase.The Crusaders' are seven points clear at the top of the Hellenic League Premier Division - two places above Lowestoft's fourth round victims Witney United - and accounted for Ridgeons Premier title challengers and Vase co-favourites Leiston on Saturday.

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Lowestoft have been given a home draw against Hungerford Town in the fifth round of the FA Vase.

The Crusaders' are seven points clear at the top of the Hellenic League Premier Division - two places above Lowestoft's fourth round victims Witney United - and accounted for Ridgeons Premier title challengers and Vase co-favourites Leiston on Saturday.

But the 2008 finalists will see being drawn at Crown Meadow as a real chance to make this year's quarter-finals.


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“We just wanted anyone here,” said weekend match-winner Jamie Godbold. “With the backing of the fans that we've got, we don't mind anyone.”

After the disappointment of seeing their match at Larkhall Athletic postponed, Dereham Town have been handed a tricky fifth round draw against either AFC Fylde or Needham Market.

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The Magpies will travel to Bath again this weekend after Saturday's match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and at the same time, Vase holders Fylde - formerly Kirkham and Wesham - will replay Ridgeons Premier side Needham after the re-run of last year's semi-final finished goalless.

Of the other Ridgeons sides still involved in the competition, Stanway Rovers will be at home to Marske United if they can topple St Ives Town in their replay at Hawthorns.

FC Clacton will face Chalfont St Peter if they can overcome Christchurch following their postponed game at the weekend.

All fifth round ties are due to be played on Saturday, February 7.

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