Wanderers unveil new face in Vase

IPSWICH Wanderers will unveil a new face when they play Hertfordshire-based Oxhey Jets in the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase tomorrow.Manager John Clarkson has agreed terms with Louie Farrington and the utility player is eligible to face the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side at Humber Doucy Lane.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Wanderers will unveil a new face when they play Hertfordshire-based Oxhey Jets in the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase tomorrow.

Manager John Clarkson has agreed terms with Louie Farrington and the utility player is eligible to face the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side at Humber Doucy Lane.

Farrington, a former Histon first-team player, has played 14 games for Mildenhall and scored three goals this season.

He was picked to play for the west Suffolk side away to Broxbourne Borough in the previous round of the Vase on November 18 but injured himself in the warm-up.

“Louie was on the Mildenhall team sheet but did not play so he is eligible for us tomorrow,” said Wanderers manager John Clarkson on his Cambridgeshire-based newcomer.

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“I am pleased to have him on board and there could be another signing or two on the horizon.”

Clarkson, who has tasted plenty of cup success in his managerial career, including winning the prestigious Cornwall Senior Cup in 2004 and 2005, watched Oxhey Jets in action last week.

He said: “They are a young keen side and remind me of Woodbridge Town. They have a brand new ground in a complex that includes a swimming pool and clubhouse.

“The best thing about the draw is that we are at home and to go through to the last 32 of the Vase would be a big achievement.”

Wanderers have never reached this stage of the competition before and Clarkson rates it a bigger game than their home Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final with Ipswich Town that should fill their stadium in early March.

He has his fingers crossed that his injured players are passed fit to play tomorrow, with Danny Smy rated 50-50 and Simon Hyde and Neil Shade both doubtful. Lee Owen should be okay.

“Danny has been a revelation since he was switched to wide right,” added Clarkson, who revealed that last Saturday's 4-1 Ridgeons League defeat at Lowestoft Town was a bit of a low point.

He said: “Lowestoft are the best team I have seen this season but I learned a lesson, with a few of my players found wanting against good quality opposition.”

Oxhey Jets, who played Conference side St Albans City in the Hertfordshire Senior Cup on Wednesday, were founded as an under-12 side in 1972 by current general manager John Elliott.

Wanderers carry the hopes of this area in the Vase, although there are six other Ridgeons League sides still left in the competition.

Ipswich Wanderers today completed the signing of Paul Betson from Ryman League Division One North side AFC Sudbury.

Wanderers are waiting to see if his registration clears in time for Betson to play tomorrow.

In the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League, Jason Dozzell's Leiston will go fourth if they win at home to Histon Reserves as Soham's match at home to Woodbridge has been postponed due to the visitors having players involved in the Suffolk FA Youth Cup squad.

Felixstowe and Walton United are also on their travels with a visit to Clacton Town where they will be looking for a double. Needham Market will fancy their chances of strengthening their top-three position with a win against lowly CRC at the Abbey Stadium, Cambridge.

Debenham Leisure Centre can maintain their top placement in Division One with three home points against Chris Symes' Cornard, while Walsham-le-Willows have two reasons to want to win at Swaffham.

Victory will see them leap to within one point of the second-placed Norfolk side with two matches in hand, and also provide some consolation after going out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at Capel Plough last weekend.

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