Holders Gorleston face tough task in Norfolk Senior Cup against Norwich United

Gorleston celebrate beating Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup final. Photo: Bill Smith

Gorleston celebrate beating Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup final. Photo: Bill Smith

The title charge goes on the back burner for Norwich United this afternoon – but the search for silverware very much continues.

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division rivals Gorleston will be the opponents at Plantation Park, in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

Norwich do not have to worry about their nine-point lead at the top of the Premier Division being cut either, as closest rivals Godmanchester Rovers are without a game.

Gorleston are looking to retain the trophy they won at Carow Road last year, beating higher-level Wroxham 1-0. However, since that success the Greens lost manager Stewart Larter and several of their best players to Wroxham.

They have been readjusting under manager Richard Daniels and have performed well at times to currently sit 10th in the Premier Division.

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They face a daunting task though as league leaders Norwich have won 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions.

In league action, Kirkley & Pakefield will attempt to move into third place in the Premier Division when they host 13th-placed Haverhill Rovers.

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Diss Town are off the bottom of the table after drawing their last two games, 3-3 at home to Thetford and 0-0 at Gorleston. The Tangerines will be looking to pull away from bottom-side Ely when they travel to ninth-placed Mildenhall.

Thetford are unbeaten in four league matches and can jump into the top half of the table if they can bounce back from their midweek defeat to Dereham in the Norfolk Senior Cup with victory at mid-table rivals Whitton United.

Great Yarmouth Town could climb as high as fourth in the First Division if they win at home against bottom-of-the-table Woodbridge.

The Bloaters ended Downham Town's unbeaten home record last Saturday by winning 4-2 at the Memorial Ground, with one of the club's new arrivals, debutant Dale 'Trig' Cockrill, bagging a hat-trick.

Manager Ricci Butler is pleased with his side's progress since taking charge in the summer, saying: 'When you look at the calibre of players we have attracted you can see that we are a club on the up and a club that is aiming for promotion.

'To add the experience of Luke Goreham, Dale Cockrill and Ady Ager to the talents we already have at The Wellesley is very exciting indeed.

'Luke was a mainstay in our impressive FA Vase run and both Trig and Ady had impressive first games against Downham on Saturday with Trig netting a hat-trick. I am confident that our blend of youth and experience will be a recipe for success come the end of the season.'

Elsewhere in the division, Downham go to sixth-placed Haverhill Borough and Swaffham look to close the gap on the top two at Team Bury.

King's Lynn Town Reserves are also in action, at home against fifth-placed March Town United, looking to climb into the top six.

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