A dozen Ridgeons sides in FA Vase action

A DOZEN Ridgeons League sides will be in action in the first round of the FA Vase tomorrow - with four of the most successful in recent years in the competition entering at the next round.

Elvin King

A DOZEN Ridgeons League sides will be in action in the first round of the FA Vase tomorrow - with four of the most successful in recent years in the competition entering at the next round.

There are three all-Ridgeons clashes, with four clubs providing opposition from the United Counties League, and one each from the Spartans South Midlands League and the Essex Senior League.

Premier Division Woodbridge Town will start favourites when they visit King George V Field, Ipswich to play Division One Whitton United in one of the all-Ridgeons matches.


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Woodbridge may not be pulling up two many trees in the league, but they have beaten Great Yarmouth 2-1 and Desborough Town from the United Counties League Premier Division 4-0 to get this far.

Whitton, who withdrew their first team from the Ridgeons League midway through last season before being allowed back in this term, beat Long Melford 3-1 in a replay to reach this stage.

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Felixstowe and Walton United are at home to Long Buckby having seen off Yaxley (United Counties League Premier Division) in the previous round.

Long Buckby beat Norwich United in the last round having also beaten the Norfolk club in the FA Cup. They are near the top of the UCL Premier Division and enjoyed a big win against Sleaford Town

last weekend.

In the Ridgeons League, Carl Chenery's Leiston will go top if they win - as expected - at Harwich as current leaders CRC are involved in the Vase.

Danny Laws' Needham Market will be seeking a victory at Norwich United to keep the pressure on the leaders with Paul Smith's Walsham-le-Willows out to continue their high placing with a home win over Histon's second string.

The First Division sees Stowmarket Town at home to Chris Symes' Cornard United with Ipswich Wanderers among teams who do not have a fixture.

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