Lilley warns against a bite from underdogs
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 10 September 2010
King's Lynn Reserves' boss Steve Lilley insists all talk of the C word is banned ahead of tonight's Norfolk Senior Cup semi final against Gorleston at The Walks.
King's Lynn Reserves' boss Steve Lilley insists all talk of complacency is banned ahead of tonight's Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final against Gorleston at The Walks (7.45pm).
Lynn's second string is potentially 90 minutes from a prestigious Carrow Road final date against fellow Ridgeons Premier rivals Dereham or Wroxham.
But Lilley refuses to look past the Division One Greens should the cup tie pass a 10.30am pitch inspection today.
In the event of a second consecutive postponement the semi-final would be switched to Emerald Park on Saturday.
"We hope it will go ahead, fingers crossed," said Lilley.
"I think they've got some pumps to try and deal with the water that has fallen in the last few days. Of course we want it to go ahead on nice big pitch at The Walks in familiar surroundings. Our recent record is good at home.
"Even the game we lost to Kirkley & Pakefield they did us in the last minute.
"Carrow Road is two words that have been banned. After we beat Loddon in the last round I heard a couple of the young lads talking about that but we have to long way to go yet and a job to do.
"We know it will be tough and we had them watched recently when they played at March. It will be unusual for us to go in with favourites' tag.
"Usually it's us who are the underdogs so that is a different feeling we have to deal with as well."
The 19-time Norfolk Senior Cup winners could be bolstered by the inclusion of first team fringe players.
"It's really a case of waiting to see what personnel we have available," said Lilley.
"I'm sure the first team manager will maybe want to include one or two but whether we have the first team bench I just don't know. Whoever we have it will be a strong group.
"It would be nice to get a few along to support the lads. It's not something we usually have but I guess that depends on the weather."
Lilley promises the die-hards will get a chance to run the rule over some of the club's emerging talent.
"Obviously the likes of Dominic Dwyer have scored the goals and tended to grab a few headlines but we have a decent nucleus of six or seven U19 players and a couple of U18 boys now pushing through as well," he said.
Extra time will follow should the tie be level at 90 minutes with a replay at Emerald Park if the sides are still level after extra time.
Find out the result of today's mid morning pitch inspection on edp24.co.uk/kingslynn
Lynn's first team will travel to Blue Square North rivals Solihull in a re-arranged league fixture on Tuesday, March 10. (7.45pm). The Linnets' scheduled trip last weekend was postponed due to heavy snow in the Midlands.