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Swaffham, Downham and Fakenham set out on FA Vase trail

Three of West Norfolk’s Thurlow Nunn League representatives take a break from league action this weekend when they set out on the FA Vase trail.

Swaffham Town travel to Mildenhall Town tomorrow while Fakenham Town welcome Norwich United to Clipbush Park in the first qualifying round of the competition.

And on Sunday, Downham Town will be hoping for a good home turnout when they welcome Netherton United to the Memorial Field (3pm).

Fakenham v Downham Football Action. (3727077)
Fakenham v Downham Football Action. (3727077)

The Downham management team of Dale Stokes and Craig Dickson said: “Saturday we went over to Cornard with a fair few missing again.

“It wasn’t our greatest performance but we pulled together, worked hard and done what we needed to do with a 3-0 win.

“To be four wins from four and without conceding a goal we were obviously delighted, but we knew Tuesday was going to be our hardest test yet, against an unbeaten side who are tipped to win the league.

“It was obviously disappointing to lose 4-0. I think it’s fair to say the scoreline was slightly flattering, however we can have no complaints about the result.

“It’s important now that we work on the bits we know need addressing and get ourselves back on track for Sunday and the Vase game.”

Swaffham Town, who conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 at home to Ely City on Tuesday night, hope to have a number of players back from injury for their tie.

“We’ve had a lot of impact injuries in the first month of the season, so we’ve taken a big hit to start with,” said manager Paul Hunt.

“If we can match our second half performance against Ely then we should be in a good place against Mildenhall.”

Youngster Scott Moore enjoyed an outstanding debut after coming on against the Robins while Kai Mayes took his place on the bench as the conveyor belt of talent keeps filtering through at Shoemakers Lane.

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