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Blues drawn against Whitley Bay

PUBLISHED: 13:04 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

LOWESTOFT Town's prize for reaching the semi finals of the FA Vase for the first time in their history will be a double-header against former winners Whitley Bay.

LOWESTOFT Town's prize for reaching the semi finals of the FA Vase for the first time in their history will be a double-header against former winners Whitley Bay.

Today's draw separated the two sole Ridgeons League survivors - as Needham Market will face the winner of the Coventry Sphinx versus Kirkham & Wesham tie, which is being replayed this Saturday - to keep the Wembley dream alive for both Suffolk sides and the opportunity remains of an all county final.

489 clubs entered the 2007/08 national competition, and of the remaining five teams Micky Chapman's men were pitted with a clash against Northern League Whitley Bay - who won the Vase in 2002 at Villa Park.

After a superb 1-0 away win last Saturday at Concord Rangers, The Blues will be aiming to continue their fine cup form when they entertain Whitley in the first leg on Saturday, March 22.

They will then make the long journey up north for the second leg on March 29, with the aim of securing a place in the final at Wembley on May 11.

Both Suffolk sides won £5,000 for their quarter final wins - and now the aim is to set up an all-Suffolk showdown in the national competition.

DRAW: March 22, Lowestoft Town v Whitley Bay (1st leg); Kirkham & Wesham/Coventry Sphinx v Needham Market (1st leg).

March 29 Whitley Bay v Lowestoft Town (second leg); Needham Market v Kirkham & Wesham/Coventry Sphinx (second leg).

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