Norwich United boss Steve Eastaugh looking to pick his players up for Norfolk Senior Cup final against Downham Town
PUBLISHED: 06:53 30 April 2018
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Norwich United boss Steve Eastaugh must pick up his Norwich United side from the disappointment of Saturday’s relegation back to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on Saturday in time for tonight’s Norfolk showpiece Senior Cup Final against Downham Town at Carrow Road (kick-off 7.30pm).
The Planters, despite the weekend’s disappointment, will be regarded by many as strong favourites, but the players were visibly devastated by the dramatic turn of events at the weekend where they recovered from a three-goal deficit to level, a position of safety, only to concede three more times as relegation rivals Romford duly won.
“It’s obviously going to be difficult,” admitted Eastaugh. “It was horrible (on Saturday) - it’s the worst feeling you can have in football but we weren’t relegated because of our form in the last month or so. It was our start to the season that ultimately proved our undoing.
“But the lads have got to try and pick themselves up. We will be the favourites, which will be a bit unusual from how we’ve approached games this season.”
Eastaugh admitted he needs some time to think before deciding what his future will be with Norwich.
“It’s too early to say what will happen at the moment,” he said. “What everyone needs after Monday is a bit of a rest and a time of reflection. After that I’ll sit down with the chairman and have a chat with him.”
The Planters have sailed through the competition scoring freely in their three ties.
Sheringham scored first but fell to a 7-1 defeat, King’s Lynn Town, fielding a reserve side, were dismissed 5-0 and then the semi-final at the FDC saw Bostik League North rivals Dereham Town defeated 4-0.
Eastaugh will be without the services of his brother Andy who has a broken wrist and the cup-tied Harry Barker and Charlie Hitch as they bid to lift the Senior Cup trophy for the first time in their seventh final.
Meanwhile Thurlow Nunn Division One side Downham go into the game after a 3-1 win at Cornard United at the weekend. They have enjoyed an excellent run to the final since seeing off Swaffham on penalties after a 4-4 draw. They then beat CEYMS 3-0 in the third round before overcoming Great Yarmouth 3-2 in the last eight. Anglian Combination Division One winners Wymondham were put to the sword, 3-0, in the semi-final and they will be hoping to capitalise on Norwich’s heartbreak at the weekend.