All set for a David and Goliath cup encounter

There's set to be a real David and Goliath clash in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final this afternoon when Ridgeons Premier table-toppers Dereham Town visit Anglian Combination Blofield United.

Dereham are determined not to repeat last year's Norfolk Senior Cup slip-up where they were knocked out of the competition by an Anglian Combination club.

Their cup run was halted last year by lower-league Mattishall – and this year it's reigning Anglian Combination Premier Division champions Blofield who stand in their way.

The tie was due to be played last weekend but was a casualty of the weather.

As long as the Blofield pitch passes an inspection this morning because of the recent heavy rain, the quarter-final will kick off at 1.45pm.


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Magpies' manager Matt Henman said: 'Obviously, it's a tricky tie. Blofield are always one of the best sides in the Anglian Combination. We will give them a lot of respect, learning the lessons of last year when we were knocked out in the semi-finals. We don't want to let that happen again.

'We will have a strong team. We have got a slightly injury doubt over Jay Eastoe-Smith so we won't risk him if it's not right.

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'We prepared for the game with a friendly against Downham Market during the week to make sure we have got rid of any rustiness in the legs from not playing.

'Everyone is raring to go, we just want to play!'

Blofield are eager for a good battle, and aim to progress to the semi-final despite being underdogs.

Chairman Jerry Ware said: 'We are looking forward to it because it gives us the chance to play one of the top teams in the eastern region and pit our wits against them, see how good we really are.

'We have a good record in the Anglian Combination, we are the reigning champions and it would be very interesting to see how we can compete against a team two leagues above.

'It's a big game for the fans and club members and we are expecting a big crowd. We're not expecting to win, just hoping to win!'

For the winner of this match there is a mouth-watering prospect.

'Of course there is the potential to play King's Lynn or Norwich City, which is unheard of for a club like us,' said Ware. 'If we can beat Dereham, where we are underdogs, then we have got the opportunity to play an even bigger club.'

Henman said his team were trying not to think beyond today's game. 'It's in the back of the mind about possible teams,' he admitted. 'But we learned a bit of a lesson last year. We need to concentrate on the team in front of us.

'We go into the game firm favourites but we have to fight.'

In the other quarter-finals Norwich City play Norwich United on Monday and Wroxham host King's Lynn Town on Tuesday.

Thetford Town have already booked their place in the semi-finals.

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