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PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town joint bosses Ady Gallagher, left, and  Micky Chapman, right, celebrate the Blues FA Vase victory. PHOTO: JULIAN CLAXTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Lowestoft Town joint bosses Ady Gallagher, left, and Micky Chapman, right, celebrate the Blues FA Vase victory. PHOTO: JULIAN CLAXTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark Boggis

THEY may have been the penultimate team drawn out, but all the waiting was worthwhile as Lowestoft Town were handed a third successive home draw in the FA Vase.

Mark Boggis

THEY may have been the penultimate team drawn out, but all the waiting was worthwhile as Lowestoft Town were handed a third successive home draw in the FA Vase.

After a fine 2-1 victory over “a very good” Harefield United side at Crown Meadow last weekend, The Blues were pitted with another tough encounter in the last 32.

The Ridgeons League leaders and last season's FA Vase runners-up will host Witney United at Crown Meadow for a place in the last 16 on Saturday, January 17.

The FTL Futbol Hellenic Premier Division were visited by the FA Vase trophy last week - and this seemingly inspired them to a 2-1 win over Buckingham Town.

The Oxfordshire-based side are known as The Blanketmen, are managed by Andy Lyne and boast players with professional experience at Swindon, Southampton and Oxford United.

There will be a familiar face for The Blues when they take on Witney next month - not local MP and Conservative party leader, David Cameron, who is the club's patron - but centre forward and former Wroxham player Ben Thompson, who signed from the Ridgeons League side in the summer after he moved to Oxford.

As The Blues continue their quest to return to Wembley once more in May, joint Blues boss Micky Chapman revealed his delight with another home draw.

“We're pleased it's a home tie for us,” he said. “There are a lot of expectations from the fans and within the dressing room as well, but we are under no illusions and we've got to take one game at a time.”

Returning to Ridgeons League action tomorrow, Lowestoft travel to play Norwich United while Kirkley & Pakefield - who are flying high after a fine recent run, which has motored them into contention in fourth place - have two important home games in the next few days.

Tomorrow they take on fifth-placed Walsham-le-Willows at Walmer Road, before a tasty home clash with Leiston on Wednesday in the KO Cup.

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