Wroxham boss will relish Norfolk Senior Cup test
Wroxham boss David Batch has described tonight's Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final against King's Lynn at Trafford Park as a 'mismatch'. (7.45pm)
Batch insists last season's FA Vase finalists go into the tie as underdogs with the winners potentially only 90 minutes from a showpiece Carrow Road final.
'It is a mismatch,' he said. 'We are an overachieving village team and they are the best-supported non league club in the county. By a long way. We want to win every game but King's Lynn are the better team and play in the better league, allegedly, so they have got the chance to prove it. All I would say is if you come out with those things then you have to back them up and now they have the opportunity. I didn't make any play of the fact we were the last Norfolk club left in the FA Vase last season but if they want to do that then good luck to them. By rights we should still be in the FA Vase ourselves, but it was one of our poorest performances of the season – despite the fact we still created enough chances to have won our recent tie.'
Batch has bolstered his squad for the Ridgeons Premier title run-in with the additions of former King's Lynn hotshot Danny Bloomfield, Ben Thompson and experienced midfielder Andy Heald.
Bloomfield is ineligible this evening after playing in the Suffolk Senior Cup for previous club Lowestoft but Paul Cook and Danny Self are back in contention.
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Linnets' joint boss Kevin Boon revealed Town will look to shuffle their pack following a gruelling FA Vase away win at Beckenham. Youngsters Ryan Fryatt and Gino Livotti will travel alongside Nelson Morreira. Striker Chris Bacon is available but defender Ross Watson is ineligible.
'No disrespect to Wroxham but we will look to use our squad because Saturday has taken its toll and we have one or two niggling little injuries,' he said. 'But we will go there and try to win the game. The Norfolk Senior Cup is a prestigious competition but we have a hard backlog of games – which Wroxham know all about from the run they had in the FA Vase last year.
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'We have a crop of talented youngsters and four of them were involved in the county side's cup success at the weekend. We've been delighted with the response of the boys since we got back playing. To win ten and then pick up another hard victory in the FA Vase is credit to the boys' fitness levels. We only missed one week of training up to Christmas, but the lads conducted themselves professionally. One of the Beckenham officials came up to me after Saturday's game and said he had never seen such a fit side at our level.'
Diss host Thetford in the other quarter-final being played tonight with extra-time to be played if the ties are level at 90 minutes followed by a replay, if required.