Ghosts aim to give Norwich City a scare
Norwich City are the visitors to Clipbush Park on Tuesday night when they face Fakenham in the fourth round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
The Canaries have re-entered the competition after an absence of two decades and are likely to field a predominantly Academy-based side, with the possibility of one or two fringe players being given an outing.
Ghosts manager Wayne Anderson said the tie represented an exciting opportunity for his side: “Whatever team they put out, they will have some good players and our lads have not stopped talking about it since the draw was made.
“It will be a great experience for them – some of them are Norwich City supporters through and through. There will be a few nerves I’m sure, because it is perhaps our cup final as they are favourites for the competition, along with King’s Lynn.”
The Canaries have been regular pre-season visitors to Fakenham in recent times, but Tuesday’s match has more at stake, with a place in the quarter-finals – and a tie at home to North Walsham or Norwich United – up for grabs.
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Anderson added: “It’s going to be a good contest as we’re playing in a competitive game rather than a pre-season friendly.
“It is going to be a money spinner for the club because we are expecting a big crowd and we’re looking forward to taking on the best club in Norfolk.”
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Norwich City Academy manager Ricky Martin, speaking after the FA Youth Cup victory over Charlton on Tuesday night, said: “I think the team will be largely what we had out there today but hopefully with one or two professionals as well. I will have a conversation with the manager. He comes along, we work very closely and he will tell me who I can have.
“It will be a competitive XI and I think if it’s the same side I put out there tonight they are going to give it their best shot, but the unfortunate thing is the two full-backs can’t play because they are only 15, which is criminal really.
“It will be a different game. The one thing I would say though is maybe our game will be quicker, but if we are slower and we do take our time on the ball I think they will know about it because the tackles won’t come from another 16 or 17-year-old they are going to come from a man.
“So that will be a great lesson – ‘Too many touches: don’t be surprised if you get tackled’. That will be the message I will be passing on to them next week. Go and play, but play at a high tempo and if you dilly and dally on the ball you are going to be caught.”
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