Dereham Town head into Norfolk Senior Cup final aiming to protect proud Carrow Road record
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After a season of fighting it out for a spot in the Ryman North play-offs, Dereham Town are ready to renew their rivalry with Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup final.
Both clubs missed out on a top-five slot after excellent campaigns but will now meet for a third time at the home of Norwich City on Tuesday night.
It's the Magpies' first outing at Carrow Road in four years and the club remain unbeaten at the ground after victory over King's Lynn Town in the 2011 final, Wroxham in 2007 and Norwich United in 2006. Having already tasted success in the county's showcase game, Dereham first-team boss Matt Henman is excited about what promises to be another great occasion for the club.
'It is going to be a great way to end the season, and I'm really looking forward to it,' the Magpies' manager said.
'Whenever you win anything, it is a brilliant feeling. Obviously, to be playing at Carrow Road is special for players and managers at our level, but first and foremost it is a trophy that we want to have in our cabinet.
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'We have got some tough decisions to make in terms of the squad and the starting 11 and there are going to be players who are disappointed to miss out.
'With the exception of Jay Eastoe-Smith and Craig Bussens, we have a fully fit squad and we need to pick a team best equipped for the job in hand. One thing we will have is strength in depth on the bench in case we need to change things.
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'We have been fighting very hard with each other all season in the league and we know a lot about each other, so I think it's going to be a case of who performs best on the day.'
The club are currently organising supporters' coaches for the game and Henman was quick to pay tribute to the club's fans.
He added: 'A lot of our supporters are looking forward to the final and I think it's just as bigger occasion for the fans as it is the players.
'So we know that we need to give our all for our supporters who have been brilliant this season.'
The clash was originally scheduled for Friday but was rearranged due to Norwich's home play-off clash against Ipswich.