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Lowestoft Town and L&Y on Vase trail

PUBLISHED: 10:55 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 05 July 2010

SETTING their sights on securing a place in the quarter finals of national competitions, Lowestoft Town FC and Lowestoft and Yarmouth rugby club both have similar goals tomorrow.

SETTING their sights on securing a place in the quarter finals of national competitions, Lowestoft Town FC and Lowestoft and Yarmouth rugby club both have similar goals tomorrow.

With the aim of progression in the FA Vase and EDF National Junior Vase respectively, it is likely to be a pivotal weekend for both sides - who currently top their tables - as they look to take another step closer to reaching a dream final at Wembley and Twickenham.

Victories tomorrow would see both sides reach the last eight teams in the country - The Blues for a superb second-year running - and here they will be just two steps away from treading on the hallowed national stadium's turf.

As the 5-1 second favourites, Micky Chapman's men entertain third favourites Hungerford Town tomorrow at Crown Meadow in the fifth round. And the joint Blues boss is “under no illusions” as to the size of the task ahead for his side as they face the FTL Futbol Hellenic League leaders.

But intent on continuing their march to Wembley, Chapman told The Journal: “Hungerford are a very good side and tomorrow will be a tough game as they beat joint Vase favourites Leiston in the last round.

“It's all set up for a classic cup game and we're looking forward to it. “We've done our homework (having had Hungerford watched as well as getting reports from Leiston) and now we're totally focused on ourselves and getting it right tomorrow.”

A large crowd is expected to turn out at Crown Meadow once more to cheer The Blues on - and Chapman sent out a rallying call yesterday to all fans to turn out in their hundreds and back The Trawler Boys.

“The supporters can play their part,” Chapman said. “We've said before they are the best at our level in the whole country so hopefully they'll turn out in large numbers tomorrow to help us into the next round. “We want to stay in this competition and we'll have to be at our best to do that!” Chapman admitted.

Meanwhile, L&Y travel to Wisbech in the seventh round of the Vase. The top two teams in Eastern Counties Division One clash in the Fens with the unbeaten L&Y side having already beaten tomorrow's opponents 32-0 in October.

“In our league they are the main contenders for promotion, but this is the cup and we've had a great run so far,” L&Y's first team manager Matt Jary said. “If we do progress and we get through to the quarter finals we're only two games from Twickenham then, as there will be eight teams left at the same level as us in the country.”

Equally looking forward to tomorrow's tie, player coach Scott Nelson said: “Many clubs make decisions to either concentrate on the league or the cup, but this season we've tried to treat each and every game as importantly as the next. “A decent cup run is great for team morale and after years of being thrashed in all departments, L&Y are desperate for success on any front, so tomorrow's game is crucial.”

L&Y are organising a coach for supporters and players. Please be at club headquarters at Gunton Park at 9.45am sharp as the coach departs at 10am

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