Non-league football round-up: Norwich City Under-21s travel to Fakenham Town in fourth round of Norfolk Senior Cup

Norwich City U21 winning the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road in their match against Wroxham

Norwich City U21 winning the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road in their match against Wroxham in May 2013. Photo: Steve Adams

Quarter-final places are up for grabs in the Norfolk Senior Cup today, with Norwich City's Under-21 side looking to defend the title they claimed at Carrow Road last season.

The young Canaries travel to Fakenham Town and are expected to attract a good crowd to Clipbush Park for the fourth-round tie, with players from City's FA Youth Cup winning squad likely to be involved.

Fakenham boss Wayne Anderson said: 'I know it's a big cup game and I feel that if we play at our best we can give them a game.

'We have Robbie Harris, Kyle Plumb and James Page firing on all cylinders at the moment so I know we'll get chances.'

King's Lynn Town ensured their place in the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win against Dereham Town at The Walks on Tuesday night and there are four other ties in the competition today.


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Gorleston were without a game last week and return to action when Mattishall visiting Emerald Park for their fourth round tie.

The visitors play in the Anglian Combination Premier Division and are currently fourth from bottom, but won the trophy in 2010, beating Norwich United on penalties in the final, and have reached this stage by beating Sheringham and Swaffham Town.

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Elsewhere, North Walsham Town will look to cause an upset against higher level opponents when Diss Town come to Greens Road and Norwich United face the threat of an upset when they host Cromer Town.

Great Yarmouth Town are at home against an Anglian Combination side, St Andrews, in the midst of four straight cup fixtures.

Bloaters boss Mike Derbyshire insists promotion from Thurlow Nunn Division One remains the main priority for him though.

'The league is our priority,' Derbyshire said. 'It is the Norfolk Senior Cup and it means a lot to the club so we would like to do well. 'I might make a few changes because we have then got Norwich United in the league cup and then when we are back in league action we are against the league leaders Whitton United. That has got to remain my focus.'

In Thurlow Nunn league action Thetford Town will continue trying to get their season back on track.

Town failed to put together a team for their recent Thurlow Nunn Premier trip to Brightlingsea Regent, in Essex, because of injuries, player unavailability and a sickness bug.

Club and team meetings were held as Town boss Mark Scott set about trying to reverse the club's fortunes.

But an old Thetford favourite returned to work some magic to help win a hard-earned point against Godmanchester Rovers at Mundford Road last week.

Midfielder Sam Bryant, in his first start since rejoining the club, smashed home a strike from over 20 yards to help Thetford claim a 1-1 draw.

'It was certainly an important point for us at the weekend and an important performance after the team meeting and fiasco the week before,' Scott added.

'We've lost a couple of players after that but it was a very pleasing performance and a big result for us for. But we have got to build on that performance.'

Today Thetford are at home again, taking on CRC, and Kirkley & Pakefield are also in Thurlow Nunn Premier action, traveling to sixth-placed Brightlingsea.

Dereham Town Reserves also travel to Essex for First Division action, to take on Saffron Walden Town, and Swaffham Town host Long Melford at Shoemakers Lane.

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