Royals aim to continue Vase adventure

Kirkley & Pakefield are aiming to reach the fourth round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club's history when they visit Hoddesdon Town today.The Royals are hoping to take a big following to Hertfordshire for the third round clash, with the winners receiving �1,300 in prize money.

Kirkley & Pakefield are aiming to reach the fourth round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club's history when they visit Hoddesdon Town today.

The Royals are hoping to take a big following to Hertfordshire for the third round clash, with the winners receiving �1,300 in prize money.

Joint manager Stewart Larter said: “It's as far as the club has been in this competition and it is a game we're capable of winning to progress to the next round.”

Hoddesdon are eighth in Spartan South Midlands League Division One and Larter added: “We haven't had too much information on them. We've spoken to a couple of people who have given us some pointers from a positive point of view and a negative point of view. We will be aware of their strengths and try to combat their weaknesses too.”


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Justin Fox is fit, Nathan Stone returns from suspension, keeper Robert Woodcock is back and Liam Harvey-Cooper is available as well.

Wroxham also face an away trip in the Vase as they head to Buckinghamshire, bidding to secure a fourth round spot against Flackwell Heath.

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The Planters suffered their worst defeat of the season, 5-0, at Mildenhall in October. Manager Paul Chick recalls Nathan Pauling and Neil Bugdale into today's first team squad after both had a run out for the reserves last Saturday. Chick is also in negotiations with a new player who he hopes to have in place before the game.

Wisbech Town could take advantage of Kirkley's cup commitments by moving above them in the table, if they manage to win at home to Haverhill Rovers.

Dereham are hoping to build on last week's tremendous 4-0 victory against Felixstowe & Walton when they visit struggling Woodbridge Town.

The Magpies will be without Adam Smith, who picked up a thigh strain in training, with Scott Roberts replacing him. Graham Barrett is rated at 50/50 with a rib injury, while Robbie Harris gets a run out in the reserves after missing last week's game through injury.

Great Yarmouth saw their lead at the top of Division One cut to just one point when they were without a fixture last weekend, but they will be confident of picking up a win today against lowly Downham Town.

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