All set for Senior Cup showdown

Battlelines have been drawn as Mattishall and Norwich United get set for tomorrow night's Norfolk Senior Cup final showdown at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground.

Battlelines have been drawn as Mattishall and Norwich United get set for tomorrow night's Norfolk Senior Cup final showdown at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground.

It's the first Senior Cup final appearance for the underdogs - Anglian Combination Premier Division side Mattishall.

But they have defeated a string of higher-level opponents en route to the final, including Ridgeons sides Diss and Dereham.

United, of the Ridgeons Premier Division, will be making their third Senior Cup final appearance.


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The Planters booked their place in the final by beating last year's runners-up Wroxham in the last eight, before disposing of Cromer in the semi-finals.

In their previous two final appearances they have been on the losing side - in 1989-90 and 2005-06.

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United boss Paul Chick said: “We may be favourites but we will not take Mattishall lightly. We will be fully prepared for the final.”

The Planters are hoping to field a full-strength team barring long-term casualties Warren Preston and Matty Robinson.

“We have a couple of minor injury worries, but we are hoping they will come through a pre-match fitness test,” said Chick.

Mattishall are undaunted at facing a Norwich side which plays in the Premier Division of the league above.

"We have every chance, although we will pay them the respect

they deserve," said Mattishall club secretary Mel Harbour.

With Norwich United's unpredictable form this season, he felt Mattishall had every chance of lifting the cup.

"We have two bus loads coming from the village, there seems to be quite a bit of interest our side of Norwich," he said.

Mattishall skipper Jimmy Lovell, who dislocated a shoulder in the semi-final win at Dereham, is back in the squad having played in last weekend's league home 3-1 win over Sprowston Athletic.

United will be in their new all-red away kit, having lost the toss for home dressing room and kit.

Kick-off time at is 7.30pm and tickets are available on the turnstile - adults �5; OAPs and Under 16s �3. A maximum of two accompanied Under 12s per paying adult can enter the ground free of charge. Additional under 12s will be charged at the rate applicable for concessions.

Meanwhile, in Saturday's Ridgeons Premier game, a much-altered Norwich United side lost 5-0 to struggling Woodbridge.

Chick made nine changes for Saturday's game, with the Senior Cup final in mind, and there were full debuts for Michael Tacon, Rob Thornton, Sam Applegate, Sam Snowling and Matty Sharp - with only Danny Tacon and Paul Atkins surviving from the previous Saturday's draw at Stanway.

He said: “I decided to rest one or two players and to blood some youngsters. It was a disappointing performance and result but they will be better players for the experience.”

Kirkley & Pakefield put four past hosts Wivenhoe, with two in reply. K&P scorers were Carter, Harvey-Cooper, McKenna and Stone.

One goal, a Josh Carus header from a corner, was enough to see Wroxham beat hosts Hadleigh.

Ely City drew 1-1 (Dixon) with visitors Histon while Felixstowe & Walton United and Dereham Town also shared two goals.

Mildenhall travelled to Leiston and won 4-1.

Leaders Needham could only draw 2-2 at lowly Haverhill, second-placed CRC were 4-2 winners over Debenham while Stanway beat Newmarket 1-0 and Haverhill drew 2-2 with Needham Market.

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