Harleston Town aiming to cause Norfolk Senior Cup upset against Wroxham
Nicky Howell is hoping that Harleston Town can make the most of being at home for their Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final against higher-league Wroxham this weekend, writes Alex Moss.
Two leagues separate hosts Harleston and their last-eight opponents, who sit third in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division (Step 5), and are also in the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase, when they meet tomorrow afternoon (1.30pm).
And although Harleston, currently second in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination (Step 7), will be the underdogs, joint-manager Howell insists his side will not be going into the weekend to only make up the numbers.
“It’s a massive game for the club,” Howell said. “It’s a cup we want to do as well as possible in. It’s a prestigious competition.
“Wroxham are one of the toughest teams we could have been drawn against, but being drawn at home I think we can use that to our advantage.
“Our pitch has not been good the last few weeks. It’s very heavy. We’re more used to our pitch, so hopefully we can make the most of that knowledge.
“We’re going to give it our best shot. The squad will be prepared as much as they can be and we won’t be going into it to make up the numbers.”
Away from the cup, Harleston saw title rivals Waveney open up a six-point lead at the top of the table last weekend. The league leaders won 3-0 at Wroxham Reserves, while Harleston’s home clash with Blofield United was called off due to an unplayable pitch.
Kurtis Hodges (injured) and Marc Pearce (suspended) both miss out this weekend, but Howell was hopeful of adding two new signings in time for the visit of the Yachtsmen.
Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals: Dereham Town 1-0 Mundford (played on Tuesday), Harleston Town v Wroxham, Wymondham Town v Great Yarmouth Town, UEA v Norwich United (all remaining ties to be played tomorrow, 1.30pm).