Thetford Town bid for Norfolk Senior Cup final glory

Thetford Town will cap one of the greatest seasons in the club’s history on Monday when they take on Gorleston in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road.

The Brecklanders already have promotion in the bag after being pipped to the Ridgeons League Division One title by Godmanchester Rovers.

And having won back top-flight Ridgeons status for the first time in 21 years they now seek to lift the Norfolk Senior Cup for the first time since their 4-3 win over St Andrews, also in 1991.

Manager Mark Scott has already met his targets for the campaign – which were to win promotion and better last season’s run to the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals.

But he desperately wants to have something more than a league runners-up trophy to show for all his team has achieved – and believes that the agony of going so close to the title provides an extra incentive to finish a glorious campaign on a high.

“Promotion was always our main aim this season, but we were bitterly disappointed to miss the league title on goal difference, especially when we had only needed a draw at Godmanchester to be sure of winning it,” said Scott.

“This could have been just a bonus, but we’re certainly not just going there to take part. I know I’ve got some really excited players and with the form we’ve been in we’ll be full of confidence.

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“You can’t over-estimate what it means to step onto a pitch like that, which top Premier League teams are playing on every other week, and just to be in those dressing rooms. It will be fantastic for everyone.”

Ironically the only Thetford player to have taken part in a Senior Cup final at Carrow Road, striker Steve Harley, is suspended.

Thetford will also be without Nathan Szyszlyk, who picked up a late-season injury, while Bruno Tavares is rated ‘50-50’ with an ankle problem.

“I’m relatively confident Bruno will play some part,” said Scott. “He’s a very influential player for us and likle the other two would certainly have started if fit.”

Scott is happy to accept the role of underdogs against Premier Division Gorleston, but adds: “They are at the level we’ll be competing at next season and on the two occasions we’ve played Premier teams this season – against Dereham and Wroxham – we’ve won.

“This is another chance to show we can do it at that level.”

Monday’s game kicks off at 7.30pm and admission will be available at the turnstiles.

The supporters coach will leave the Sports Centre car park at 6pm.

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