East Harling may have lost to them three times out of three already this season, but Thursday’s Norfolk FA Junior Cup final opponents’ manager says Mundford have no discernible advantage, writes Russell Claydon.
The Brecklands rivals will lock horns at the home of Norwich City, Carrow Road (7.30pm), both looking to write a piece of club history and end their seasons on a high in the county showpiece event.
But Mundford manager Stephen Gathercole insists they are not the favourites, despite having done the double of Harling in the league and already beaten them in a cup final, in the Cyril Ballyn Cup final only a week ago yesterday.
“No, not at all,” he said. “It is a case of on the day whichever team turns up and wants it more.
“Past results do not have any bearing.”
An added incentive for Stacey Lawrence’s East Harling side is they will almost certainly be looking to prevent rivals Mundford completing an historic treble, with The Stags going into their final Anglian Combination Division Two fixture at Yelverton tomorrow just needing to avoid defeat by a 13 goal deficit to claim the title from Attleborugh.
East Harling, who beat Hoveton Wherrymen 5-2 at home in their penultimate league match on Tuesday, to put them 11 points behind leaders Mundford in third, travel to Wells Town tomorrow (2.30pm) before starting their preparations for the big one at Carrow Road.