Lowestoft drawn at home in Vase

LAST season's Wembley finalists, Lowestoft Town, have been drawn at home once more in the last 16 of this year's FA Vase.The Blues have been dealt another Crown Meadow clash against Hungerford Town in the fifth round.

LAST season's Wembley finalists, Lowestoft Town, have been drawn at home once more in the last 16 of this year's FA Vase.

The Blues have been dealt another Crown Meadow clash against Hungerford Town in the fifth round. This tie pits the Eastern Counties Ridgeons League leaders against the Hellenic League leaders.

The Crusaders' are seven points clear and two places above Lowestoft's fourth round victims Witney United - and they accounted for Ridgeons Premier title challengers and Vase co-favourites Leiston on Saturday.

But the Blues will see being drawn at Crown Meadow as a real chance to make this year's quarter-finals.


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'We just wanted anyone here,' said weekend match-winner Jamie Godbold, who scored the solitary goal in The Blues 1-0 win. 'With the backing of the fans that we've got, we don't mind anyone.'

Northern League Whitley Bay, semi-finalists last year and winners at Villa Park in 2002, have been handed a home tie against Stratford Town from the Midland Alliance. Both leagues are at Step Five.

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AFC Fylde, who lifted The Vase last May as Kirkham & Wesham, were held 0-0 after extra time at Needham Market on Saturday. Victory in next weekend's replay will see the holders take on Larkhall Athletic or Dereham Town at Kellamergh Park.

The fifth round proper ties are scheduled for February 7, with the eight winners each collecting �2,000.

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St Ives Town/Stanway Rovers v Marske United

Lowestoft Town v Hungerford Town

Chalfont St Peter v Christchurch/FC Clacton

Biggleswade Town v Market Drayton Town

Bitton AFC v Glossop North End

Bideford v Coalville Town/Spennymoor Town

Whitley Bay v Stratford Town

Needham Market/AFC Fylde v Larkhall Athletic/Dereham Town

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