Underdogs Dereham 'can win Senior Cup'

Dereham boss Robert Taylor backs his underdogs to topple Ridgeons Premier champions elect Wroxham in this Tuesday's Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road.

Dereham boss Robert Taylor backs his underdogs to topple Ridgeons Premier champions elect Wroxham in tomorrow's Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road. (Tuesday 7.30pm)

Taylor insists the reigning holders can derail the Yachtsmen's bid for a memorable league and cup double.

“Wroxham have got to be favourites,” he said. “They are top of the table and have only lost one league game all season. They've got individuals who can win games, but the pressure is on them, and if we play how we can we will give them a run for their money. It's a cup game and anything can happen. Dereham have made the final for the second year in a row - having not been there before. It should be an interesting game because there is some rivalry between the two teams.”

Wroxham target a treble over their opponents after knocking the Magpies out of the FA Vase earlier this season and maintaining their title push with a tight Boxing Day league win at Trafford Park.

Yachtsmen's boss Damian Hilton insists his men need no extra motivation to land a sixth Senior Cup success after the 2005 Carrow Road no show against Diss.

“The club was at a low point at that time,” he said. “The players seemed to have lost their will to win and it all came to a head with a dreadful performance. I can promise our supporters it will be different this time. We are in it to win it with a squad of players who have discovered the winning habit this season.

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“After beating Mildenhall on Saturday we are now hot favourites to win the Ridgeons Premier title. We hope to complete the first leg of a double against Dereham.”

Wroxham sharpshooter Lee Gilman (hamstring) is a major doubt. Dereham sweat on the fitness of Craig Terrington. Striker Danny Wright made a welcome return from the bench in the Magpies' 1-0 weekend win at Halstead.

Dereham skipper and former Norwich academy prospect Adam Gusterson is under no illusions his men need to hit top form.

“It's going to be a very tough game,” he said. “Wroxham have a good knack of winning matches and they are going to be a hard nut to crack. However, they know that it is also going to be a tough game for them. We went into the competition knowing Wroxham were going to be our main challengers and I would be very surprised if they didn't think the same about us.

“We've come from behind in the quarter finals against Norwich United and the semis against Sheringham when people thought we were heading out. That shows we possess the determination and fighting spirit necessary to win this competition. It's currently our trophy and we aim to keep it.”

Gusterson has been a revelation since moving to Aldiss Park in the close season.

“Dereham have been good to me,” he said. “I just want to repay the faith and warmth they have given me since I've been at the club. It's a fantastic club to be at. The boys are the most level headed I have ever played with. There's no arrogance and no one feels they are above anyone else. We are a young, hungry team, who love to play football. The banter is good as well, that is always an important factor in enjoying your game.”


Wroxham (from): Woodcock, G Pauling, Howes, Challen, Carus, Howlett, White, Fox, Thompson, Key, Gilman, Gilmore, Tyrie, Lemmon, Miller, King, Carver, Furlong.

Dereham (from): Barrett, Foley, Howell, Atkins, Steele, Blyth, O Wills, Terrington, Wright, S Willis, Wilson, Gusterson, N Pauling, Beaumont, Hayes, Self.