Downham Market, Fakenham and Swaffham Town FA Vase trio tackle teams from rival league

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Three local teams will tackle sides from a rival league in the FA Vase second qualifying round tomorrow.

The trio – Downham Town, Fakenham Town and Swaffham Town, who all hail from the Thurlow Nunn League – face ties against ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League opposition.

Fakenham FC v Swaffham FC action from Clipbush Park Fakenham''Robbie Harris in action (Yellow) ENGANL00220131114124146

Fakenham FC v Swaffham FC action from Clipbush Park Fakenham''Robbie Harris in action (Yellow) ENGANL00220131114124146

Thurlow Nunn Division One outfit Downham Town host the highest-ranked side, Sleaford Town who are fifth in the UCL Premier Division.

Thurlow Nunn League Premier sides Fakenham Town and Swaffham Town travel to 18th-spot in UCL Premier Eynesbury Rovers and entertain Bourne Town, from UCL Division One, respectively.

The Thurlow Nunn and UCL are equivalent leagues in the Non-League pyramid, both having a Premier and a Division One. A prize haul of £800 is up for grabs for the winners of those ties.

Fakenham Town under new manager Robbie Harris, who succeeded Neil Jarvis, registered their first Thurlow Nunn Premier win of the season last Saturday.

The Ghosts came from a goal behind to beat Whitton United 2-1 via goals from Ashley Jarvis and Jake Wiseman.

Sleaford Town will look to take their impressive league form into the Vase at Downham’s Memorial Field.

Prior to Tuesday night’s trip to Peterborough Northern Star, Paul Ward’s side were in fourth position following their comeback victory over Swaffham’s opponents Eynesbury, but slipped back a place after their 3-1 defeat to PNS.

Town were 1-0 down at half-time to Eynesbury, but recovered to win 2-1.

Town and Downham met at Eslaforde Park in a pre-season game, which Sleaford won.

Ward also knows Downham manager Bob Warby – the former Sleaford Town reserve team manager.

“I know a bit about Bob. He’s a Boston lad and we had a good catch-up when we played them in pre-season,” added Ward. “We won that day, but both teams were experimenting in pre-season, so that will have no bearing on Saturday’s game.”

The Pedlars welcome Bourne Town to Shoemakers Lane. The Wakes, who are ninth in UCL Division One, had their weekend game at St Neots Town Saints postponed.