Third time lucky for Norfolk Senior Cup Final
King's Lynn and Dereham are banking on a case of third time lucky when they attempt to re-stage their delayed Norfolk Senior Cup final date at Carrow Road later this month.
Both clubs were informed yesterday by the Norfolk FA that next Tuesday's scheduled game has been cancelled because it clashed with a proposed civic parade to celebrate Norwich City's promotion to the Premier League. The local non league rivals will now meet on Friday, May 13 (7.30pm) after the original tie in April was also forced to be moved with the Canaries' keen to protect the Carrow Road playing surface over the Championship run-in.
Magpies' chief Matty Henman is confident the latest delay will not hinder the Ridgeons Premier Division runners-up planning.
'I think the thing I would say first and foremost is I'm a Norwich City fan so I'm delighted with what the club has achieved and on behalf of Dereham football club we would like to congratulate them,' he said. 'It's pretty extraordinary circumstances and I can understand why they have had to move it.
'We had the lads in this week and we're planning to come in again on the Monday so we'll just look to keep things ticking over.
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'You can't take playing at Carrow Road for granted and it's great the final is played there. When they gave us this date I don't think anyone could have envisaged what might happen the way it did with Norwich getting promoted this week.'
Henman's men saw off the challenge of Norfolk rivals Wroxham to finish behind champions Leiston. A quartet of the club's young talent also helped Norfolk U18s lift the County FA Cup last weekend at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
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'We had four starters and the captain of that side, Sam Borrer, has just agreed a contract with the club which is great for him and us,' said Henman. 'One or two will be involved in the final squad and we have a great basis for the future. We'll just look to add one or two over the summer, which is a nice position to be in as a manager.
'We had a real strong finish to the season and to finish second I think was a testament to the effort the boys put in. I don't think there can be any arguments we deserved that second spot. We had a bit of a struggle after Christmas time but they came back strongly and it would be nice now to finish it off with the Senior Cup.'
Linnets' joint boss Kevin Boon believes the latest delay to their inaugural season is proving an unwanted headache.
'It is a big game locally and we wanted to go with a strong side but pushing it back even further will leave us having to perhaps field half a reserve team,' he said.
'That is not really right for what should be a great occasion. Of course its fantastic news Norwich have clinched promotion and they deserve this recognition. 'Everyone at King's Lynn congratulates them because what Paul Lambert has achieved there is phenomenal, but we have to look out for the best interests of King's Lynn football club.
'We already had it postponed and one or two of the players have re-arranged their holiday plans but now I just feel is it worth it?
'We obviously need to plan over the summer the same as Norwich City in terms of the players we want to keep and bring in for the new season but that is difficult when we still have to finish the current campaign.
'Having this game hanging over us just disrupts the whole thing. I don't know if perhaps it has got to the stage where the two clubs should look at an alternative venue or even toss a coin for home advantage.'