Big weekend arrives for Earlham United

Ben Casey EVENING NEWS SUNDAY LEAGUE: Ten years ago a group of lads from the Earlham estate used to meet for a kick about at Eaton Park every Sunday morning, and soon after they had got themselves organised and became Earlham United.

Ben Casey

Ten years ago a group of lads from the Earlham estate used to meet for a kick about at Eaton Park every Sunday morning, and soon after they had got themselves organised and became Earlham United.

This weekend they face a make or break game against Division 1B leaders Costessey Sports Sunday as they attempt to reach the premier division for the first time in their history.

Hard working secretary Glenn French has divided his time in the last four weeks, between playing in goal for the first team and managing the reserves. “It's been a bit hectic but it had to be done,” he said.


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“Most of our players still come from the estate and for the first time ever we have a sponsor in the Freed Man pub as up until then we used to pay for everything ourselves.”

Having lost 4-1 to Costessey earlier in the season French is hoping for a better result this time stating that with Gary Bee and Daniel Childerhouse in good goal scoring form, his side have nothing to lose, but a defeat means that it would be very difficult to catch the league leaders.

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Costessey manager Mally Armstrong was in a typically upbeat mood as he discussed his team's chances in a game he classes as a local derby. “The players on both sides know each other very well,” he said.

“We know their strengths and will be prepared for them. My players are well aware of what's at stake this weekend and I am confident we will win the game.”

This weekend also sees the Pink Un League Cup semi-finals. Poringland Wanderers are at home to Acle Rangers, whilst The Grove face Quebec Rovers for a place in the final at Wroxham on May 16.

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