Norwich United will focus on cup finals after enjoying their title celebrations

Norwich United keeper Jake Jessup makes a superb save in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Norwich

Norwich United keeper Jake Jessup makes a superb save in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Norwich United v Walsham le Willows Utd at The Meadow. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

The celebrations will be enjoyed by all at Norwich United this week but manager John Edridge is keen to get back to business once the hangovers have subsided.

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The Planters' party kicked off at Walsham le Willows on Wednesday night when a 2-1 victory wrapped up a second successive Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title.

Edridge and his squad are set to be presented with their silverware after Saturday's home clash with Long Melford – with plenty still to play for.

'We were disappointed that our game got called off last Saturday because we were at home and the momentum had built from beating Kirkley on the Tuesday night and we then had to wait until this Wednesday,' Edridge said.

'So I'm pleased it's done, it's a bit of weight off the shoulders and it's a good opportunity potentially for some other players to come in.

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'I'm looking forward to Saturday and to going out with the lads for a bit of a celebration on Saturday night but then that's done.


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'We've got three more important league games and that's all in preparation for the two cup finals that are coming up. So it's great to get over the line but we'll celebrate and then that's done and dusted.'

Those finals are against Mildenhall in the League Challenge Cup at Diss on Monday, May 2 and Dereham Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road on Friday, May 13 – a competition the Planters have never won.

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'It's always nice with the prize of being able to play at Carrow Road and it's certainly an occasion myself and the players are looking forward to but no one remembers who loses the Senior Cup final,' the Planters boss continued.

'It's great to be there and a great experience but we are going there to win the game and anything else would be a failure.'

The clash with Dereham will be a particularly interesting test for the Blofield club, as they prepare to join the Magpies in Ryman League Division One North.

If former Planters boss Damian Hilton – who left midway through this season after winning the double last year – can keep Wroxham clear of relegation then Norfolk will have three teams at Step Four of the non-league pyramid

'When I was a player, and now as a manger, I looked forward to pitting my wits against the other local teams,' said Edridge, who brought in former AFC Sudbury and St Neots Town assistant Steve Eastaugh after Hilton's exit in February. 'It's a good test of where you are at as a club and as a player because there's always that added bit of spice.'

Norwich need five points from their final three games to break the 100-point barrier and go in search of their 40th win in their 47th game of the season in all competitions.

Edridge feels he has a strong squad for the Ryman League but admits he will still have to look at possible additions during the summer.

'I think with the squad that we've assembled last year and this year there's a good level of experience and the majority of the lads should be ready to play at that higher level,' he added. 'I think there is an expectancy of that from the lads and from myself now.

'It would be foolish not to be looking to improve the squad at all times – although I'm really pleased with the squad and the level of quality that we have in the squad.'

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