Dereham finally get to play FA Vase tie

Dereham will look to complete their West Country FA Vase mission at the second attempt in today's fourth round tie at Larkhall Athletic. The Bath-based club held a successful pitch inspection yesterday afternoon after the Magpies' squad endured a frustrating call off just hours before last weekend's original tie.

Dereham will look to complete their West Country FA Vase mission at the second attempt in today's fourth round tie at Larkhall Athletic.

The Bath-based club held a successful pitch inspection yesterday afternoon after the Magpies' squad endured a frustrating call off just hours before last weekend's original tie.

Matty Henman's side face a potential last 16 showdown against reigning holders AFC Fylde (formerly Kirkham & Wesham) who face Dereham's Ridgeons League rivals Needham Market.

Dereham officials revealed earlier this week the club would still be out of pocket even if they bag the �1,500 fourth round prize money after staying overnight for the original tie. Athletic chairman Jim McClay defended the initial postponement decision.


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“It was not in our interests for it to be off,” he said. “We brought in a ref and he said the pitch was unplayable. We had terrible weather on Friday night and Saturday morning. We want to have a super day. We were expecting a crowd of about 300 on Saturday and both clubs will end up losing money. We are struggling with our pitch. We had it flattened two-three years ago and the drainage is causing us a bit of concern, and we got caught out by the rain.”

Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman is warning his Ridgeons Premier table toppers to expect a scrap at Felixstowe & Walton before a gruelling midweek trip to Wisbech.

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“We'll have to fight in what will be tough games as points are important at this stage of the season,” he said. “There are sides below us looking to keep the pressure on, but we'll focus on ourselves. Felixstowe is always a difficult place to go, as Wisbech. We'll have to make sure we put in a shift for both games.”

Ross King, Jamie Stokeld and Darren Cockrill are all unavailable. Downham host Diss in Division One with injury doubts over Dale Twaite-Smith (knee) and Tom Doy (knee). Jordan Jenner is unavailable but Danny Foulsham is back in the squad.

Swaffham defender Steve Thompson (Achilles) could return for the Pedlars league game at home to Cornard. Sam Darlow is back after a one match suspension.

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