Norwich derby at Carrow Road

Carrow Road will witness an unusual derby tonight (7.30) when a Canaries side face Norwich United in the quarter-final of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

Looking ahead to the game against Norwich City, Planters boss Paul Chick said: 'It's an interesting fixture! The lads are looking forward to it, I am sure there will be a good crowd.

'There is a lot riding on it, I think it will be an enjoyable game. We are looking to be competitive and I am sure we can give them something to think about.'

Despite having a few injury problems, United are determined to prove that underdogs can have their day.

'It's a one-off game – anything can happen in cup games,' said Chick. 'We were beaten in the final last year so hopefully we can go one better this time.'


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'We have got one or two injuries, it's not a first-choice team, but as one door closes another opens and it gives others the opportunity to prove themselves and I'm sure the lads will be looking to enjoy the game.'

Chick stressed that he was not one of those people who felt higher-league clubs such as Norwich City and King's Lynn Town should be barred from the county cup competition.

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'I think it enhances the prestige of the trophy. It gives more interest,' he remarked.

He said that the Canaries would have an advantage because they have been training throughout the period of bad weather because of the club's indoor training facilities. 'It will be a little difficult but it just adds to the challenge. We will take the challenge on the chin and get on with it.'

City are likely to finalise their line-up sometime today, when manager Paul Lambert and his staff will have sorted out the effects of the FA Youth Cup tie on Friday and the weekend's Championship game against Cardiff City.

In the previous round – a 3-0 win at Fakenham – City's starting line-up featured nine players with first-team experience.

Midfielders Owain Tudur Jones and Stephen Hughes, who is coming back after injury, could well start, with Lambert keen to ensure players stay as match-fit as possible. Michael Nelson, Jens Berthel Askou, Luke Daley and Anthony McNamee are also possibilities.

Sam Habergham and George Francomb, who recently returned from a loan spell at League Two Barnet, are likely to make the short trip, although Declan Rudd is out with a broken jaw and Lambert may be reluctant to use young Jed Steer, who has now been promoted to first team back-up.

Meanwhile, Blofield's scheduled quarter-final cup tie on Saturday against Dereham was postponed.

Wroxham will host King's Lynn Town tomorrow night and Thetford Town are already at the semi-final stage, having beaten Diss last week.

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