Aylsham all set for big cup clash

Aylsham Ladies FC will be aiming to spring a huge upset next month when they take on Norwich City in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Cup.

With Aylsham’s senior men’s team currently going great guns in the Division Two of the Anglian Combination the Ladies are aiming to make some headlines of their own by further boosting the profile of football in the town.

They recently saw off Red Rose after extra time in their county cup to set up a daunting clash with Norfolk’s top team at Plantation Park on Sunday, March 18 - and are determined to give a good account of themselves in one of the toughest fixtures in their history.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us, we know that, but all the girls are really looking forward to the game and we’re determined to put in a good show,” said midfield Hayley Demmen, whose father Chris recently took over managing the side.

“Norwich play at a much higher level than us and all the best players in the county tend to end up there. But there’s a good spirit in our team. We are very determined and always keep going to the final whistle.

“A lot will depend on what sort of team we can put out on the day. Our squad has changed a lot since last season and it isn’t the biggest but when everyone is available we can give the teams in our league a good game.

“Facing Norwich will be different, of course. I must admit I was hoping to get someone else in the semi-finals (Taverham play Thorpe United in the other tie) but the challenge is there and we’ve got to be ready for it.”

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Aylsham, currently struggling at wrong end of the Division One of the Norfolk League after winning just two matches so far this season, have doubled their tally of victories in the cup, winning 6-0 at Sprowston in the first round before their narrow win at Red Rose, when Gina Atherton scored in extra-time to set up the Norwich game.

Hayley is hoping the team will have one or two more players available for selection by the time the tie comes around.

“We have only really got 12 to call on which isn’t enough,” she said. “If everyone is available we are ok but if there are problems with injuries and other commitments then there is a problem. If there is anyone in the area who would like to join us then we would love to hear from them!”

Hayley can be contacted on 07912623265.