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PUBLISHED: 10:15 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:12 06 July 2010

K&P goalkeeper Robert Woodcock gets his hands on the FA Cup after E.ON brought the trophy to town as part of the Great Saves campaign.

K&P goalkeeper Robert Woodcock gets his hands on the FA Cup after E.ON brought the trophy to town as part of the Great Saves campaign.

Mark Boggis

ALL eyes were on the prize as the FA Cup made a surprise visit to the town last night.

And as the attention switches from the league campaigns to the FA Cup tomorrow for Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield, there are two exciting ties in prospect.

Mark Boggis

ALL eyes were on the prize as the FA Cup made a surprise visit to the town last night.

And as the attention switches from the league campaigns to the FA Cup tomorrow for Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield, there are two exciting ties in prospect.

More than a thousand fans are expected to flock to Crown Meadow as the new Ryman League leaders Lowestoft host Boston United for the second qualifying round tie.

The Pilgrims play in the Unibond Premier Division - one step above Lowestoft in the non-league pyramid - having played in League Two just three seasons ago.

But beset by off-the-field financial problems, the Lincolnshire club were demoted to step three and are sitting 11th in their league.

Joint Blues boss Mick Chapman is expecting a tough game - but it is one he and the players are relishing.

“We've got to make sure we give everything we can and do our best and see what happens,” he said.

K&P step into uncharted territory as with a trip to Leicestershire to take on Conference North side Hinckley United tomorrow.

And having never reached this stage of the FA Cup before, Stewart Larter and Jon Reynolds' men will be aiming to unpick the Knitters at the Greene King Stadium.

However, it will be a tough task for The Royals.

“We know a bit about them and we've got some plans for that,” Larter said.

“But it is a cup game, a one-off, and it's all on the day. There's no pressure on us as the underdogs.”

K&P have been buoyed by a visit from the world famous trophy to Walmer Road, as they were able to get their hands on the cup last night as sponsors E.ON brought the FA Cup to town as part of their Road to Wembley tour.

An FA spokesman said: “Kirkley & Pakefield FC was selected for the Road to Wembley event as part of E.ON's 'Great Saves' campaign following the goal stopping and goalscoring heroics of K&P keeper, Robert Woodcock, in the last round.”

Visit www.lowestoft journal24.co.uk during the weekend for all the latest FA Cup action.

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