Harleston Town aiming for place in Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals at expense of fellow promotion contenders Sheringham
Manager Nicky Howell is hoping his Harleston Town side can ‘put down a marker’ when they lock horns with Sheringham in the Ashton’s Legal Norfolk Senior Cup.
Tomorrow’s third-round tie at Weybourne Road pits two of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North’s promotion contenders against each other.
Harleston are currently top, six points ahead of their third-placed hosts.
However, Sheringham do have a game in hand and got themselves right back into contention by defeating Downham Town (second) last time out.
And with all of that in mind, Howell feels there could be a bit more than a place in the quarter-finals of the county cup at stake.
“Ourselves, Downham and Sheringham are all in touch with each other,” he said.
“We would probably have preferred the game between them to have been a draw but fair play to Sheringham, they’re in good form.
“Obviously Saturday is a cup game, but it could give us the edge in the league if we win it as well.
“It might see us put down a marker and send a message out that we’re really going for it.”
Harleston have enjoyed some good runs in the Senior Cup during recent campaigns – including reaching the semi-final in 2017.
And while they have more than an eye on promotion, Howell is also looking to go as far as possible in the cup.
“We’ve had some good cup runs in our recent history and helps to build momentum,” he added.
“There’s pressure on every league game given the position we’re in, so the cup is a bit of a welcome distraction.
“Sheringham are a decent side but if we’re keen to get through and keep the run going.”
Harleston travel to the coast on the back of a 1-0 win at UEA last weekend courtesy of a Nathan Russell goal.
It was the team’s first league outing since November 11 due to a combination of Covid-19 call-offs and waterlogged pitches.
Howell said: “We’d had a really long lay-off and we knew they would be a fit, strong side. But we dealt with that well and deserved to win the game. It was a good return after so long out.”