Wisbech drawn at home in FA Cup ties

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WISBECH Town have been drawn at home in their first three FA Cup ties beginning with UCL side Desborough in the extra preliminary round to be played on August 11.

If successful in that game, they will then face either Yaxley or Northampton Spencer at home on August 25.

Manager Steve Appleby commented: “It is always good to be drawn at home in any cup competition but we have been lucky to have three home draws. We will be thinking we can beat Desborough in the first tie and no doubt they will be thinking the same.

“Everyone looks forward to the FA Cup and I am sure our chairman is very happy with the possibility of three home ties if we are successful.”

If Wisbech and Yaxley win the first games then Appleby will come up against former March manager Brett Whaley who is now in charge at the village club. The two managers crossed swords last season when Wisbech and March played out two games in front of over 1,500 fans.

Appleby has more reasons to hope Wisbech can get through the first two rounds as Wisbech would then meet one of his old clubs Kettering in the first qualifying round. “It would be very good to get through to play Kettering. It is a real carrot for the players and it would be special for me too.”

March Town also face UCL opposition with a trip to Wellingborough on August 11 with the massive prize of a home tie against King’s Lynn in the next round.

In the FA Vase March have been drawn at home to UCL side Thrapston in the first qualifying round on September 1 with the winners away to Cambridge University Press two weeks later. Wisbech do not enter the competition until the second round.

March boss Paul Crosbie said: “It would have been nice to have a home draw in the FA Cup, but we have a real incentive with King’s Lynn at home in the next round.”