Daniels admits Gorleston are underdogs in Norfolk Senior Cup semi clash with Norwich City XI

Gorleston boss Richard Daniels insists his side are underdogs as they bid to overcome a Norwich City second string in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final.

Gorleston boss Richard Daniels insists his side are underdogs as they bid to overcome a Norwich City second string in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final.

The Canaries, who knocked out King's Lynn Town in the quarter finals, are likely to field a host of talented young reserve players once again in the competition.

Greens boss Daniels admits his Ridgeons Premier Division outfit need to start the game well to give his side any chance of glory at Emerald Park (3pm).

'Norwich are clear favourites but it's a cup tie and anything can happen on the day,' said Daniels.


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'If they bring their Academy side it will be good for our lads to play against such young, keen, exuberant footballers. I am sure if we can compete in the first 15-20 minutes and get ourselves into the game then we will be in with a squeak. We need to give ourselves a foothold.'

Inspirational Darren Cockrill, who was recently lured out of retirement, and first team coach Matty Potter will both be at the game after returning to Gorleston duty.

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In the other semi-final, Ridgeons First Division high-fliers Thetford Town host Anglian Combination challengers Norwich St Johns (3pm).

'You could say our form has been on a slip slide since the semi-final draw was made,' said Thetford boss Mark Scott.

'On reflection, talking to the players, it seems that some may not have been as fully focused as they should have been. I know all of them are really excited about the possibility of playing at Carrow Road.

'There was no embarrassment in losing to King's Lynn in last season's semi-final. However, we feel we have a stronger squad now. No disrespect to our opponents but we know that if we play to our strengths we should be able to reach the final.'

Scott can call on Bruno Tavarez, Matt Howard, Luke Bailey and Nathan Szylsyzlk but Dave Richards (suspension) and Cordell Jackson (ineligible) are unavailable.

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