Linnets youngsters relish their Carrow Road outing
King's Lynn A bid to complete the first part of a notable county cup double in tonight's Norfolk Junior Cup final against Norwich St John's at Carrow Road.
King's Lynn A bid to complete the first part of a notable county cup double in tonight's Norfolk Junior Cup final against Norwich St John's at Carrow Road (7.30pm).
Linnets' chief Mark Curson is targeting a silver lining to his first year in charge against the free- scoring Anglian Combination outfit, who thumped Cromer Reserves 7-0 earlier in the competition.
Curson is confident his young side will have no trouble handling the big occasion in what doubles as a dress rehearsal for King's Lynn Reserves' Senior Cup final clash against Wroxham next month.
"The future is very, very bright here at King's Lynn will all the youngsters coming through," said Curson. "When I first came in I sat down with Neil Fryatt and Steve Lilley and we worked out a game plan moving forward. There is some great work happening with the advanced squads and then at 16 we give them their first taste of men's football.
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"I felt we perhaps needed to bring in one or two experienced players but the young lads have also gained so much experience this season. The league is massively important to us but these occasions are special. There's certainly no pressure on us."
Curson admits his men face a step into the unknown against a St John's outfit who edged past Acle 1-0 in the semi final to reach the first showpiece final of the local football season.
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"I haven't got a clue about them," he said. "I've spoken to one or two lads who have played against them but I'm a great believer in that it's about us and what we do. We have to prepare properly and professionally.
"We certainly don't fear anybody because we have beaten two reserve sides in Thetford and Gorleston to get here. They've done the hard part and that is what I've already told the lads. I just want us to enjoy it. It's still a football pitch when all said and done - albeit with nice stands around it. Don't be nervous, take it all in and go out and play your normal game."
Tickets are available on the gate, priced �6 adults, �3 for concessions.
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