Something will have to give
SOMETHING will have to give when Leiston face St Neots Town in the FA Cup first qualifying round at Victory Road this afternoon.
Hosts Leiston have not lost since a 3-1 defeat at home to Wisbech Town on the opening day of the Ridgeons League Premier Division season, racking up eight straight wins - six in the league and two in the FA Cup.
Mark Morsley’s side currently sit third in the table, but have two games in hand on both leaders CRC and second-placed Kirkley & Pakefield.
Visitors St Neots Town boast an even more impressive record, sitting top of the United Counties League Premier Division with six wins and a draw from their seven matches so far.
They have already beaten two Ridgeons League Premier Division clubs to reach this stage, winning 2-0 at Dereham Town and 2-1 at Brantham Athletic.
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St Neots will be bidding to reach the second qualifying round for the first time in 31 years against a Leiston side that battled all the way through to the first round proper two seasons ago.
Stanway Rovers, at home to Bedford Town, and Ely City, who entertain Stewart & Lloyds Corby, make up the quartet of Ridgeons League sides in action.
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Bury Town start what they hope will be a long FA Cup journey when they travel to Zamaretto Central League (Step 4) Woodford United, who have made a good start to their league season.
Bury hope to have striker Kieran Leabon back in the squad after injury, and expect central defender Sam Nunn to have recovered from an ankle injury sustained on Tuesday. James Scowcroft is expected to again be on the bench as he regains match fitness.
Lowestoft Town, who like Bury have made a good start to life in the Ryman League Premier Division, take on Desborough Town while Needham Market, currently second in Ryman League Division One North, face Kempston Rovers at Bloomfields and Maldon & Tiptree travel to Ilford.