Norwich and West Lynn up for cup

Viv Thomas Two of Norfolk's top women's teams will battle for the Norfolk and Suffolk County Cup on Sunday.The final is being held at Fakenham Town FC's ground in Clipbush Lane (ko 2.

Viv Thomas

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Two of Norfolk's top women's teams will battle for the Norfolk and Suffolk County Cup on Sunday.

The final is being held at Fakenham Town FC's ground in Clipbush Lane (ko 2.30) between Norwich City Ladies and West Lynn Ladies - the first time the teams have faced each other.


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Norwich play at a higher level in the SE Combination, having been promoted from the Eastern Region League - where Lynn play - at the end of last season.

Lynn have been playing well in Division One this season and are on course to gain promotion to the Premier Division, hopefully as champions.

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Lynn secretary Michelle Stewart said: “We're looking forward to it. We had a lucky run and didn't meet any of the big teams to get to the final.

“Norwich will be our biggest challenge but we know a lot of their players and their striker Nicola Bray used to play for us a few seasons ago.”

Norwich co-manager Emma Fletcher said: “We haven't come across West Lynn before but we won't underestimate them. They have obviously done well to get to the final.

“They will be seen as the underdogs, which puts more pressure on us but we're looking forward to the cup final.”

Norwich haven't had a league game recently but 13 of their players were in the squad for Norfolk v Essex game, which they won 5-1 last Tuesday, and two teams from the club competed in the Umbro fives competition on Tuesday this week and have both progressed to the regional stage.

Norwich Ladies gained an official link to the men's Coca-Cola Championship side last summer.

Fletcher admitted she would ask someone on the sidelines with a mobile phone to keep her updated on the vital derby game between Norwich and Ipswich at Portman Road, which is due to finish at the very time the cup final starts.

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