Harleston have revenge in mind in Norfolk Senior Cup

Harleston manager Adam Gusterson.

Harleston manager Adam Gusterson. - Credit: Archant

Harleston Town will be looking for revenge as well as the chance for some Norfolk Senior Cup glory this afternoon.

On a day when cup and league share centre stage, Harleston face Mulbarton Wanderers – their third visit of the season and their second in three weeks.

Harleston's form league has been little short of sensational: unbeaten in Anglian Combination Premier Division, they have yet to even concede a goal.

But a fortnight ago they were beaten on their own ground by Mulbarton in quarter-finals of the Mummery Cup – inflicting a first defeat on Town for 33 games, a run spanning a whole year.

Having already beaten Wymondham Town and Great Yarmouth Town, Harleston will be looking for revenge – but they will do it without James Pipe, who is suspended after being sent off in the last meeting between the sides, although manager Adam Gusterson has no other selections worries.

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Fakenham were without a game last weekend and that may help boss Wayne Anderson.

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'There's been a lot of minutes played lately, so we've tried to rest players as much as possible. Thankfully we've got a good size squad that allows us to do that,' said Anderson.

In other matches, Attleborough face Norwich Ceyms, Diss play Downham and Stalham travel to Long Stratton.

In the Thurlow Nunn League, fifth-placed Gorleston have a trip to struggling Swaffham, while neighbours Great Yarmouth Town are at home to Thetford.

Kirkley & Pakefield travel to Brantham.

In the First Division: Dereham Town Reserves' search for a first win of the season goes on after 15 failed attempts – this afternoon they entertain Wisbech St Mary, while King's Lynn's second string are at Holland FC.

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