The Norfolk Senior Cup Preview
Norfolk Senior Cup Final
This year’s Norfolk Senior Cup Final sees Dereham Town take on Thetford Town on Tuesday 30th April 2019 (KO 7:30pm) at Carrow Road.
Dereham Town currently compete in the Bostik Football League in the North Division and Thetford Town currently complete in the Thurlow Nunn Football League in the Premier Division. Last year the Final was held between Downham Town and Norwich United in a game that needed extra time to produce a winner. In the past 5 seasons there has been real competition between only a small number of teams with the finalists rarely changing. Wroxham and Norwich United are very familiar with the Senior Cup Final but Dereham have played the most Finals in this competition and will be looking to land the silverware again. Thetford Town on the other hand have had fewer appearances in this Final and will be looking to produce a surprise performance.
Dereham Town finished the season in 14th position of the Bostik League North Division, on 44 points and 10 points clear of the relegation zone. They began the season very poorly losing and drawing many games, but with the appointment of a new manager, Dereham turned things round. In the games since Adam Gusterson has been appointed Dereham have move up the table, out of the relegation zone and beaten teams well above them in the League. As for their Cup run, Dereham began the run with First and Second Round exemptions, before facing Acle United at home. In the game Dereham came away with a 6-1 win, sending them through to the Quarter Finals against Diss Town, away from home. Again Dereham hit the back of the net six times and this time kept a clean sheet. In the Semi Finals the Magpies came up against opponents Swaffham Town. For the third Cup game in a row Dereham scored six goals, the game ending 6-1. The Magpies will be looking to bring the Senior Cup back to Dereham again and should be very confident having scored 18 goals and conceded 2 in the lead up to the Final.
Thetford Town finished in 14th position in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with a goal difference of -14 after all 38 matches had been played. In the Cup, they also began their run with a First Round exemption. In the Second Round Thetford came up against East Harling who they beat in a 2-0 away win. The Third Round saw them come up against fellow Thurlow Nunn Side Gorleston where they won with a comfortable 3-0 victory. In the Quarter Finals Thetford scored 5 goals and didn’t concede sending Wymondham Town out and setting themselves up a Semi Final tie against Mattishall. This game couldn’t provide a winner after 90 minutes with the game ending 2-2; however in extra time Thetford’s fitness levels proved dominant and helped them score another two goals, the game ending 4-2 to Thetford. Thetford will be looking to produce a surprise win and take the silverware home for the first time since their last win in 1991.
This year’s Senior Cup Final is guaranteed to be a thrilling game of football!
Town v Thetford Town
Carrow Road, Norwich
Kick Off 7:30pm
Adults £7; concessions £4