Magpies look for one big final effort
Dereham Town fans are looking for one last big effort from their team in tomorrow night's much-delayed Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road against King's Lynn Reserves (ko 7.30pm), writes John Cushion.
Magpies' manager Matt Henman was not worried about playing on a Friday which is the 13th. 'I don't think I'm superstitious enough for that.'
After a long, hard campaign for both sides he said: 'It's one last, big effort by both clubs to try to win something this season.'
Dereham ended second in the Ridgeons League championship, their highest-ever finish, and were knocked out of the FA Vase by the Linnets in extra-time after a very close contest.
Their Senior Cup victims included a Norwich City side fielding several players of first-team experience who were beaten 2-1 at Carrow Road.
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With the ground's rafters still ringing from the Canaries' fans celebrating promotion, Henman is looking forward to a return which will be his first experience, either as a player or manager, of a cup final.
'There is bound to be a good atmosphere,' said Henman, who, like his Linnets counterparts Gary Setchell and Kevin Boon, has problems with players not being available because of holidays and other commitments arranged for a period whan it was assumed football would have ended.
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Scott Roberts, Shamus Kelleher, John Hicks and assistant boss Neil Simmons are on that list, and there are injury doubts over Adam Smith (thigh strain) and Hicky Howells (hamstring).
'But we will still have a strong squad to pick from, and it gives other players the opportunity to play in a cup final,' said Henman.
King's Lynn go into the final having missed promotion from the UCL despite amassing over 100 points and having been elimiated from the FA Vase at the semi-finals stage.
The Aldiss Park trophy cupboard already houses the Ridgeons League runners-up shield, the Ridgeons U18 Cup and the Den Smith Memorial Cup won by club teams.
There is room for one more....