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March Town and Wisbech Town face FA Cup trips to Newmarket Town and Derham Town respectively

Wisbech Town and March Town will be hoping for a prolonged run in this season's FA Cup and FA Vase competitions.

But the Fenmen and Hares have both been handed difficult away ties in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup after the draws were made on Friday.

Alex Street's Wisbech will travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Dereham Town on Saturday, August 3, while Ashley Taylor's March faces a trip to Isthmian League North Division outfit Newmarket Town.

Ryan Harnwell - pictured here in action for King's Lynn Town - has signed for Wisbech Town for a second time.
Ryan Harnwell - pictured here in action for King's Lynn Town - has signed for Wisbech Town for a second time.

If successful against Dereham, the Fenmen will host either Sheringham or Woodbridge Town in the First Qualifying Round on August 17 while March will be on the road again at the winners of the tie between Wroxham and Walsham le Willows.

The Hares have had better luck with the FA Vase draw.

They will entertain Dussindale Rovers in the First Qualifying Round on Saturday, August 24, and, if successful there, will play either Mulbarton Wanderers or Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, September 21.

Wisbech will travel to Harleston in the FA Vase on August 24 with the prospect of a home tie against either Diss or Heacham awaiting them in the Second Qualifying Round a month later.

The Fenmen, meanwhile, have made their first signings of the close season.

Striker Ryan Harnwell has returned to Fountain Fresh Park for a second spell at Wisbech after previously spending time at Cambridge, Lynn and Ely.

His first stint with the club came under former manager Gary Setchell.

Assistant Wisbech boss Ross McNeil said: "Ryan has been out with a serious knee injury but he’s keen to come back and be part of the club's new rebuild.

"He's a 'great lad and when he’s fully fit will be a massive part of the rebuild."

The second signing is defender Matt Carter, who has put pen to paper from Whittlesey.

McNeil added: "Matt is an experienced defender who's had a fantastic pre-season so far."

Young goalkeeper, Terry De Silva, who has previously spent time with King's Lynn Academy, is the Fenmen's third new face.

McNeil said: "Terry has had a fantastic pre-season and is an excellent addition to the team.

Tomorrow night, Wisbech host Holbeach United in their latest friendly. On Saturday, they suffered a 5-1 home defeat to Corby Town with Toby Allen scoring from long-range.

On Wednesday night, March Town recorded a 5-1 success at FC Peterborough where Steph Cavozzi was among the goalscorers.

On Saturday the Hares welcome Soham Town Rangers to the GER.

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