FA Trophy draw: Away days for Suffolk’s AFC Sudbury and Lowestoft, while Leiston receive a bye

AFC Sudbury boss David Batch

AFC Sudbury boss David Batch - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

Suffolk pair AFC Sudbury and Lowestoft Town have been handed away ties in this afternoon’s FA Trophy Third Round Qualifying draw, while Leiston have received a bye.

David Batch’s Sudbury have been pitted against Cambridgeshire-based St Neots Town, of the Southern Premier League, following Saturday’s super 2-0 away triumph over Ryman Premier giants Maidstone United.

Lowestoft Town, of the Vanarama Conference North, have another long away day on the road to endure as they travel to Conference South side Eastbourne Borough. Unbelievably, this tie is Lowestoft’s 14th consecutive FA Cup and FA Trophy draw away from home - an incredible statistic.

Meanwhile, Leiston have already endured a smooth passage into the First Round Proper of the competition after receiving a bye.

It is believed the Blues received the bye due to the folding of Conference Premier side Salisbury City earlier this season.


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It is also believed that Richard Wilkins’ men will not however receive the £4,000 prize money that others collect for triumphing in the third round of qualifying, with all the ties set to be played on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of November.

Elsewhere in the region, Chelmsford City have a local derby against Bishop’s Stortford to look forward to as a potential trip to Wembley looms closer.

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See tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times for more reaction and information on the draw.

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