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Vase verve

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

The town's top two football teams take a break from Ridgeons League action tomorrow as they look to progress in the national FA Vase competition.

And for both Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield, the goals will be the same - to book a place in the last 64 of the competition come 5pm on Saturday.

Mark Boggis

The town's top two football teams take a break from Ridgeons League action tomorrow as they look to progress in the national FA Vase competition.

And for both Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield, the goals will be the same - to book a place in the last 64 of the competition come 5pm on Saturday.

With 64 ties taking place across the country tomorrow, both sides face Ridgeons League opponents in the second round proper games, with the added bonus of the winning sides picking up £1,200 for triumphing tomorrow.

Six months after all roads led to Wembley, as Lowestoft Town FC took the town to the national stadium, Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher's men are setting off on this year's campaign having been exempt up until this stage.

They entertain the Jam-makers from Tiptree, who blitzed Hertford 8-0 in the previous round. Having won Ridgeons League Division One last season, the Essex-based side are currently 12th in the Premier Division.

But with The Blues flying high at the top of the table, they are hoping to continue their stunning start to the season that has seen them lose only three games.

“We want to maintain our good start to the season and stay in this competition,” joint Blues boss Chapman said yesterday.

Over the bascule bridge, Nick Shorten's K&P side are aiming to enter uncharted territory.

Victory in tomorrow's eagerly-awaited clash against second-placed Dereham Town at Walmer Road will catapult K&P into the last 64 for the first time.

With K&P's fine home record hoping to stand them in good stead for tomorrow's contest, Dave Woodruff, the club's commercial manager, sent out a call to their fans.

“Turn up and support us tomorrow - it will be greatly appreciated and help us in our pursuit of a good run in this knock-out trophy,” he said.

There was also some movement between the two sides this week with K&P's Jamie Stokeld in negotiations with Town over a move to Crown Meadow.

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