Mixed draws for Lowestoft and K&P

THERE were mixed fortunes in today's FA Cup draw for Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield FC.The town's top two teams were drawn out one after the other in the eagerly-awaited second qualifying round draw that was made at FA headquarters this afternoon (Monday).

THERE were mixed fortunes in today's FA Cup draw for Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield FC.

The town's top two teams were drawn out one after the other in the eagerly-awaited second qualifying round draw that was made at FA headquarters this afternoon (Monday).

Kirkley and Pakefield were the 29th tie to be drawn, and The Royals - after a fine 2-1 away win on Saturday at St Ives - travel to Leicestershire to take on Conference North side Hinckley United on September 26.

Stewart Larter and Jon Reynolds' men - having never reached this stage in their history before - face a team that has risen dramatically through the non-league pyramid, having only been formed only in 1997 to progress from the Southern League Midland/West Division to the Conference North in just 12 years. Hinckley United play their home games at the Greene King Stadium, part of De Montfort Park, having moved to the purpose built football stadium in March 2005.


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There was better news for Lowestoft, who immediately followed K&P's name out of the draw, as they were pitted with a home match in the 30th tie to be announced.

The Blues - who beat Dereham 3-1 on Saturday - will entertain Lincolnshire-based Boston United on September 26. The Northern Premier League side were only playing in the Football League two seasons ago, but after being demoted for financial reasons they are currently fifth in the Unibond League.

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There will also be a quick reunion for Blues full back Adam Smith, as he is a former loanee with The Pilgrims.

Lowestoft are currently second in Ryman Division One North - step four of the pyramid - with Boston now playing in the third tier of non-league football.

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