Cromer FC handed tough draw in Norfolk Senior Cup
Cromer Town have a big match to look forward to in the New Year after being handed a trip to Diss Town in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
The Crabs will travel to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side on the afternoon of Saturday, January 5 (3pm) after hammering title rivals Blofield United 5-1 in the previous round.
Last Friday's draw will give Cromer a chance to see how they measure up against a side who play their football two leagues higher in the national pyriamid – and manager Chris Wigger can't wait for the game to come around.
'I'll be honest and say I was hoping for a home draw but we are all looking forward to going down to Diss,' he said. 'It's an exciting challenge for the lads and I am sure they will give a good account of themselves.
'It will be tough because players at that level tend to be a little bit quicker and sharper but the boys are playing well at the moment and we've certainly got a chance.
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'It's a shame that we have only got two games before we go down there, while I'm sure Diss will have more than that, but we'll be ready when it comes around.
'If we get through then we can start dreaming about a final Carrow Road – but it's too early to start thinking like that yet. We have a tough match ahead of us – and two important league games as well.'
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Cup opponents Diss could be there for the taking, having struggled badly in the Thurlow Nunn League this season. The Tangerines, who recently appointed former Gorleston boss Richard Daniels as manager following the departure of Robert Taylor, are currently fourth from bottom in the table – but had a welcome boost at the weekend when they won 4-1 at fellow strugglers CRC.
Cromer were without a game on Saturday and are looking forward to returning to action on Saturday when they play host to fellow Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finalists Reepham Town (2.30pm).
They then round off their programme for 2012 with a trip to Spixworth – the side Reepham will play in the quarter-finals – the following Saturday.
Next month's other two semi-finals see Wroxham play host to Gorleston and the winners of the replay between Norwich City Under-21s and Dereham Town entertain King's Lynn Town.
Back in the league, Wigger's side are currently third in the Anglian Combination Premier Division table, five points behind leaders Blofield with a game in hand, and the manager is relatively content with the position the Crabs find themselves in heading towards Christmas.
'When I spoke to Cedric (Anselin, his assistant) at the start of the season our targets were to win the league title for a third year running, which would be an amazing achievement, and have a decent run in the Senior Cup, and we are doing well in both competitions.
'We had a little wobble and lost a few games but we have been playing well recently and always felt someone was going to be on the end of a tonking. That happened against Blofield and now we have got to keep it going.'
At the other end of the table there is an intriguing local derby on Saturday, with Sheringham playing host to fellow strugglers North Walsham.
The Shannocks lost for the ninth time in 10 league games at the weekend when they went down 6-3 at Beccles (see report inside) while the Angels were left without a fixture when their scheduled home match against Dersingham was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Aylsham's scheduled home game with Horsford was also rained off. Martin Meek's side travel to leaders Corton tomorrow.