Rival bosses get ready for derby reunion
Gorleston boss Richard Daniels will give a warm welcome to his opposite number Mike Derbyshire when his former assistant returns to Emerald Park tonight as Great Yarmouth Town's manager for a fourth round Norfolk Senior Cup tie (7.45pm).
Despite the fierce rivalry that exists between the two teams Daniels and Derbyshire have remained close friends, after the latter crossed the bridge in September to take over the Wellesley Road hot-seat.
'It's an awkward game for us, what with Mike coming back so soon after leaving, but if he beats me on the night the respect will still be there,' revealed Daniels, who had Derbyshire as his second in command during last season's championship winning campaign.
The struggling Bloaters failed to win a single fixture in October and will be looking to halt a run of 14 games without a victory, but Daniels says the form book goes out the window when it comes to derby day.
'Its Gorleston v Yarmouth, under the lights, on a Friday night for a place in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup,' he said.
'We'll be heavy favourites to go through, but in football you never know – especially in a derby match. 'For the fans it will be all about local bragging rights, but for me I just want to be in the hat for the next round,' added Daniels.
Yarmouth will have a near full-strength team to select from, although leading goalscorer Glen Spooner looks set to miss out again through injury.
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Gorleston welcome back skipper Eddie Thompson, ex-Bloaters striker Mitch Forbes and full-back Thomas Daniels to the squad after all were rested for Tuesday night's League Cup defeat at Wroxham. The highly rated Christy Finch is fit again after injury and should feature.
The fourth round of the Senior Cup continues tomorrow afternoon with four more ties.
Anglian Combination Premier Division outfit Acle United will be hoping for a big crowd when they play host to UCL high-flyers King's Lynn while another intriguing game sees Division One underdogs Holt travel to Thetford Town, who can boast a 100pc record in the second tier of the Ridgeons League. Elsewhere Blofield entertain Norwich St Johns and Bradenham play host to Loddon.
There are three more ties on Tuesday evening, with Norwich City entering the fray.
The Canaries are expected to be represented by their under-18s when they travel to Aldiss Park to take on Dereham Town.
Elsewhere Ridgeons League sides come face to face under the floodlights, with Norwich United playing host to Diss Town and Wroxham travelling to Fakenham.