Fenmen away draw again

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Wisbech Town have been drawn away for the seventh FA Carlsberg Vase tie in a row at Thurlow Nunn League leaders Hadleigh United.

Wisbech hauled £2,000 for winning last Saturday’s Fourth Round Proper trip to Ashington.

Their prize is another tough trip, to Thurlow Nunn title favourites Hadleigh who have won 21 and lost just one of their 26 league games and enjoy a 19-point lead.

The Fenmen travel to Essex in the Fifth Round Proper on Saturday, February 15, with the winners bagging £2,500.

Upbeat Fenmen joint boss Dick Creasey said: “We are disappointed we’re not at home, but they’re not a million miles away.

“We’ll take a lot of support and make it just as hard a game for them as they will make it for us.

“We have two or three weeks to prepare and have them watched.”

Creasey paid tribute to the club and fans after Saturday’s 2-1 win: “Give the club the best of credit in terms of getting the players up there on Friday.

“It is a big part of how we won the game.

“The players were able to get up, have breakfast, and have a swim together – preparing together as a team.

“I’ve done various interviews about why I am going back to the club. I don’t think there is a better Step Five club around. It was something like a 450 to 480 mile round trip and there were 70 supporters up there.

“Some football league clubs don’t take that amount of fans. They were fantastic, very vocal. If we get a home tie the turnstiles will be clicking.”

Wisbech had fallen at the Fourth Round hurdle in each of the last three seasons but a Tom James double ended this jinx at the weekend.

The Fenmen last night hosted Huntingdon in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Cup.

Creasey and fellow joint boss Paul Cousins were considering any changes. Danny White was struggling with a bad shoulder against Ashington. White is set to miss out, while fellow midfielder Adam Millson picked up a bad tackle early in the game and was hobbling with sore shins.

On Saturday in the UCL Premier Wisbech are at home to Harborough Town.