FA Vase incentives for Dereham/Lowestoft

Ian Clarke Dereham Town and Lowestoft Town have both been handed home draws in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase if they can win their re-arranged fifth round ties.

Ian Clarke

Dereham Town and Lowestoft Town have both been handed home draws in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase if they can win their re-arranged fifth round ties.

Dereham would entertain Chalfont St Peter or Christchurch if they win at Needham Market.

Last year's finalists Lowestoft would play Bideford - the only side definitely through to the last eight - if they can see off Hungerford.


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Dereham and Lowestoft will both play their rearranged matches this Saturday after both fell foul to the weather at the weekend.

The quarter finals are due to be on Saturday February 28.

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Dereham boss Matt Henman said the prospect of a home draw was a “massive, massive incentive” for the Magpies.

“It is a decent draw and the first thing is we would be at home. We do not want to get carried away as we are not through but the prospect of a home draw is a huge plus.”

Christchurch are currently eighth in the Wessex League - the same division as Wimbourne, who were beaten by Larkhall and who Dereham then defeated in the fourth round.

Chalfont St Peter are eighth in the Spartans South Midlands League - which is also in fifth tier of the football pyramid.

Meanwhile, Dereham's Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final tie against Wroxham on Tuesday night has been postponed and is now due to be played on Tuesday February 17, although that could still have to change if the Needham Market game is called off again this weekend.

Henman said the Aldiss Park pitch is “as heavy as I have ever seen it.”

*A supporters' coach for Dereham fans going to Needham Market is leaving Aldiss Park on Saturday at 12.45pm. Seats are �6 (�4 for those who went to Larkhall in the last round). Contact 01362 690460 for bookings. The club is starting a new list so if supporters need a seat they have to book it.

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