FA VASE DRAW: Lakenheath feature in the competition for the first time ever
Lakenheath were today included in the Buildbase FA Vase draw for the first time in their history.
It continues a rapid rise for the Suffolk club, which has been transformed over the last couple of years, culminating in the recent installation of floodlights at The Nest.
And they will once again re-write the record books on Saturday, August 31 when they head to higher-league Walsham-le-Willows in the first round qualifying in this season's FA Vase, which will conclude with a Wembley Stadium final in May 2020.
Elsewhere, if Mildenhall Town and Newmarket Town win their opening-round fixtures they will square off in the second round qualifying at Recreation Way on September 14.
Diss Town – winners of the competition in 1994 – will kick things off against Huntingdon Town, while Haverhill Borough will make the 15-mile trip to take on Halstead Town.
Haverhill Rovers, meanwhile, have been drawn to face Colney Heath in this season's Emirates FA Cup and their paths could cross again in the Vase if they both win the first round qualifying ties.
Saturday, August 31
First round qualifying
Newmarket Town v Gorleston
Framlingham Town v Great Yarmouth Town
Walsham-le-Willows v Lakenheath
Mildenhall Town v Swaffham Town
Debenham LC v Wisbech St Mary
Diss Town v Huntingdon Town
Ely City v Peterborough Northern Star
Hadleigh United v Stotfold
Long Melford v Little Oakley
Halstead Town v Haverhill Borough
Benfleet v Haverhill Rovers
White Ensign v Cornard United
Saturday, September 14
Second round qualifying
Kirkley & Pakefield v Debenham LC or Wisbech St Mary
Diss Town or Huntingdon Town v Mulbarton Wanderers
Thetford Town v Ely City or Peterborough Northern Star
Norwich CBS or March Town United v Walsham-le-Willows or Lakenheath
Mildenhall Town or Swaffham v Newmarket Town or Gorleston
Framlingham Town or Great Yarmouth Town v Fakenham Town or Norwich United
White Ensign or Cornard United v Newbury Forest
Cockfosters or Coggeshall United v Long Melford or Little Oakley
Hadleigh United or Stotfold v Halstead Town or Haverhill Borough
Colney Heath or London Lions v Benfleet or Haverhill Rovers
(Stowmarket Town have been awarded a bye to the second round proper after last season's exploits in reaching the last 32)
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