High-profile signings on the coast

Near neighbours Lowestoft Town and Kirkley and Pakefield have both made eye-catching signings ahead of today's fixtures. The Blues have snapped up former Norwich City midfielder Cedric Anselin, while Kirkley have been quick to fill the voids left by three players with the capture of highly-regarded striker Allicion Blake.

Near neighbours Lowestoft Town and Kirkley and Pakefield have both made eye-catching signings ahead of today's fixtures.

The Blues have snapped up former Norwich City midfielder Cedric Anselin, while Kirkley have been quick to fill the voids left by three players with the capture of highly-regarded striker Allicion Blake.

Anselin, who once again will team up with Craig Fleming and Dave Carolan at Crown Meadow, previously played for Bordeaux and Lille before signing for Norwich in the summer of 1999 for £250,000.

Meanwhile, former Ipswich Town academy striker Blake, has also played for Woodbridge, AFC Sudbury and most recently Wivenhoe.


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The 21-year-old Blake made his debut in the Ridgeons League Cup match against Gorleston, and scored in Kirkley and Pakefield's 4-1 win. After a traumatic week, which started with the departures of Nathan Pauling to Norwich United and Lee Hunter to Gorleston and was made worse by Saturday's dramatic events in the abandoned game against Harwich, manager Nick Shorten was in good spirits after Wednesday's win.

“The players responded in the best way possible, with football, and put in a great display with a comprehensive win. Credit to my management team and all of the lads involved on the night,” he said.

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Today Kirkley have an FA Vase visit to Yaxley, near Peterborough.

Three Norfolk teams are also in Vase action this afternoon, with the pick of the ties at Trafford Park, where Wroxham will be warming up for their FA Cup fixture against King's Lynn with a testing tie against Ridgeons League high-flyers Leiston.

Wroxham boss Damian Hilton is hoping his team captain and centre-back Graham Challen, who played through the pain barrier during last Saturday's famous cup victory over Heybridge Swifts, will be fit.

Defender Josh Carus is still likely to be unavailable (broken toe), with new signing Matt Halliday filling in.

Elsewhere Dereham play host to Newmarket, while Division One outfit Diss face a difficult trip to Premier Division Mildenhall.

Lowestoft, who will enter the Vase at a later stage after reaching the final at Wembley last season, entertain Harwich and Parkeston in the Ridgeons League. Unbeaten in nine league games, they are six points clear of Wivenhoe with a game in hand on the second-placed team, and will be looking to stretch their lead today with their rivals on Vase duty.

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