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Blues hope to avoid Hare cut

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 05 July 2010

IT is FA Vase time again for Lowestoft Town tomorrow as they take on Harefield United in the third round of the national trophy.

Harefield United are a totally unknown force with this being the first ever meeting between the two sides.

IT is FA Vase time again for Lowestoft Town tomorrow as they take on Harefield United in the third round of the national trophy.

Harefield United are a totally unknown force with this being the first ever meeting between the two sides.

The Middlesex-based side play in the Molten Spartan South Midlands League and like the Blues currently sit in top spot with just one league defeat all season.

Last weekend they were held to a goalless draw by Hanwell Town.

Lowestoft will go into the tie hoping that the injury crisis which has seen nine players sidelined in recent weeks will have eased in time for the big game, especially as both new signings Damian Hilton and Jamie Stokeld are cup tied and Dale Cockrill is serving a one match suspension.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra-time will be played and if the scores are then still level the tie will be replayed at Harefield the following Saturday, December 13.

In keeping with the FA Carlsberg Vase run to Wembley last season, the tie is again being sponsored by Barrier together will loyal supporters of long standing - Jack and Peggy Elliston.

Alex Warren of Drives 4U is sponsoring the match ball.

Also replicating last season's arrangements, the players and management will be having a pre-match breakfast at the social club prior to the game.

Irrespective of the result tomorrow, Tuesday sees a Blues side take on Halstead Town at the Meadow in the second round of the East Anglian Cup.

The Blues tend to use this competition to give first team substitutes match practice and a chance for some of the younger fringe players to gain experience.

The tie will be played to a finish on the night.

The torrential Friday rain last week caused the Blues' first ever league meeting with Whitton United to be postponed, with the Crown Meadow pitch still under water in several places on Saturday morning.

Despite the sterling efforts of groundsman Dave Page it was little more than a formality for referee Ady Sannerude to call the game off to prevent the visitors and match officials a wasted journey.

The decision was probably a godsend for managers Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher whose team selection was still hampered by eight absentees due to the injury crisis.

The Reserves too faced a blank weekend with their scheduled visit to Diss Town also postponed due to a water logged pitch. They are also without a fixture this weekend with their scheduled match postponed to make way for the Vase tie.

The Youth team fell to a three goal league defeat away to Gt Yarmouth Town last week and faced a return journey to the Wellesley this week in the Ridgeons League Cup. Next Wednesday they are due to entertain Dereham Town on Wednesday evening.

w THE winner of the Journal competition, in association with Lowestoft Town Football Club, was Sid Clarke of Stradbroke Road, Lowestoft. He received two tickets for “Buddy” at the Marina Theatre last Saturday.

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