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Downham and Fakenham set out on FA Vase trail

West Norfolk outfits Downham Town and Fakenham Town both set out on the FA Vase trail tomorrow.

Higher-league opposition in the shape of Ely City are the visitors to Downham Town in a first qualifying round clash while Fakenham Town travel to Brewers Green Lane where they will face Diss Town.

Memorial Field boss Dale Stokes believes it will be a huge test for his players as they look to cause an upset against a Robins side who still remain in the FA Cup.

Wisbech St Mary v Downham football action. (42292999)
Wisbech St Mary v Downham football action. (42292999)

Stokes said: “We watched Ely the other day and they weren’t bad to be fair.

“They haven’t lost this season so that tells you all we need to know. Our focus remains the league so anything on Saturday will be a bonus but it is still a game we will be trying to win.

“We’ve only lost one game in four so far this season, but to be honest we haven’t played well in any of them.”

Meanwhile, the Ghosts have racked up three wins from as many games in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North and their trip to the Tangerines is a good opportunity to progress.

Diss Town boss Michael King, who saw his side beat Debenham LC 2-1 on Tuesday night, is expecting the unbeaten Ghosts to provide a tough cup test for his side.

Speaking to the Diss Express ahead of the tie, King said: “They are the joint leaders in our league as well so it is going to be another tough one.

“We’re not complaining though. Matches like these are why you want jobs like this.

“They’re a team that many fancy to do well in our league, but obviously this is a one off game and anything can happen.”

Clubs winning their first qualifying round will receive £550 while the losing teams get £160.

In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Swaffham Town host league leaders Kirkley and Pakefield at the MG Building and Maintenance Stadium.

The Pedlars are still looking for their first points of the campaign.

In the First Division North,King’s Lynn Town Under-21s travel to Cornard United.

Last night, King’s Lynn Town’s Under-18 were due to start their season with a trip to Holbeach United in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League

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