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Wisbech Town Football v Witham Town in the 3rd of the FA Vase'Ollie Gayle 2nd goal for Wisbech that turned out to be the winner
Wisbech Town Football v Witham Town in the 3rd of the FA Vase'Ollie Gayle 2nd goal for Wisbech that turned out to be the winner
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WISBECH Town have been given a home tie against Northern League side Dunston UTS in the fourth round of the FA Vase on January 21 and the Fenland Citizen will be sponsoring the game.

The last time Wisbech reached the last 32 in the competition was in the 1996-97 season when they lost out to Guisborough but Dunston reached the quarter-finals last season losing 2-1 to Whitley Bay, who won the competition for a third year running.

Wisbech are the last Ridgeons League side left in the competition and were FA Vase semi-finalists in the 1985 and 86 seasons.

Fenmen boss Steve Appleby commented: “It is going to be a tough, tough game against a big and strong side who are doing very well. But when you reach the last 32 there are going to be no easy games.

“Thankfully we have been drawn at home and the game should attract a big crowd to get behind the players.

“We showed we could battle on Saturday and I think we will have a chance again. It is really on the day who competes best who wins.”

Former England star Paul Gascoigne was born and bred in Dunston and his local team have been among the top teams in the Northern League Division One in recent seasons.

They sit in third place in the table at the moment having won 14 of their 20 games and have Whitley Bay below them in fifth place. They beat Parkgate 3-1 at home on Saturday after a magnificent 12-1 victory against Blackwell in the previous round, the highest score this season.

They attract more than 200 to their home games so Wisbech could expect a crowd of about 500 for the game with a £2,000 prize for the winners.