Harleston boss not expecting any semi-final nerves

SEMI-FINAL DATE: Harleston boss Adam Gusterson
SEMI-FINAL DATE: Harleston boss Adam Gusterson

Adam Gusterson has no concerns about the occasion getting to his Harleston Town players when they take on higher-league Fakenham Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals on Wednesday (7.30pm), writes Liam Apicella.

The prize for winning at the Football Development Centre is a date at Carrow Road against either King’s Lynn Town or Norwich United on Monday, May 22.

However, with some of his players having experienced matches of such magnitude during stints with Dereham Town, Gusterson is confident his team will thrive.

“There is no getting away from the fact this is a big game for the club,” he said.

“But a lot of our lads have played in big games before and they know the pressure.

“Fakenham are in the same league as Great Yarmouth and we beat them earlier in the competition, so we know what type of performance is required.”

Gusterson watched Harleston’s opponents knock Diss Town out in the previous round and declared the trip a worthwhile exercise.

“Watching them was very helpful in two ways,” he added.

“There are potentially a couple of areas which we can exploit, but we also know there are certain parts of the pitch where we need to be wary.”

Jake Imrie and Neil Renaut are both out with serious knee ligament injuries.

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