Fakenham Town prepare for semi-final clash against Dereham

Fakenham celebrate as a team after the full whistle

Fakenham will face Dereham with a Norfolk Senior Cup final place on the line - Credit: Alan Raymond Palmer

Just 13 miles separate the sides and, on Wednesday evening, Dereham and Fakenham will face off in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final.

With a cup final place on the line, the Norfolk neighbours will meet at the FDC in Norwich. 

The Norfolk FA Football Development Centre (FDC) at Bowthorpe, Norwich. Picture: Norfolk FA

Dereham Town and Fakenham Town will meet at the The Norfolk FA Football Development Centre in their Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final - Credit: Archant

The winners will progress to a showpiece clash against Mulbarton Wanderers at the home of Norfolk football, Carrow Road. 

Both teams come into the game in good form, although Dereham's play-off hopes are dwindling after a 1-0 loss to Grays at the weekend. 

The Ghosts come into the game having seen off Newmarket Town 1-0, which moved them up to sixth in the Premier Division of the Thurlow Nunn League.

Dereham won the Senior Cup back in 2019, while Fakenham were runners-up in 2017. 

First team manager of Fakenham Football Club, Andy Cunningham

First team manager of Fakenham Football Club, Andy Cunningham - Credit: Alan Raymond Palmer

Fakenham manager, Andrew Cunningham said: “Confidence is high and the depth we have available in the squad is as good as it has been all season.

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“Our match winners are finding form and we have found a way to grind out wins in games that we have dropped points earlier in the season.

“Obviously, Dereham will be strong favourites in this fixture and have had a fantastic season themselves.

“We are well aware of the threats and quality they possess. However, we have always focused on ourselves in terms of what we can do to influence a game, regardless of opposition, and that won’t change ahead of this game.

Dereham Town in action earlier this season against Bury Town

Dereham Town in action against Bury - Credit: Dereham Town FC

“We are underdogs, but we know on our day we can give anyone a game. We need players to perform at an eight or nine out of 10 - and perhaps a little bit of luck - to get ourselves to Carrow Road. 

“Wednesday's game is a great occasion for the players to go and play with no fear, do themselves and our club proud, and enjoy themselves.”