Norfolk Senior Cup: Harleston’s maximum men poised for biggest test yet against Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 October 2016

Harleston Town manager Adam Gusterson will be attempting to mastermind a Norfolk Senior Cup upset when his side host Great Yarmouth. Photo: SUBMITTED

Harleston Town manager Adam Gusterson will be attempting to mastermind a Norfolk Senior Cup upset when his side host Great Yarmouth. Photo: SUBMITTED


Harleston Town manager Adam Gusterson is looking forward to seeing how his all-conquering side cope with their biggest test of the season so far.

Town have started the campaign in quite sensational style, winning all seven of their fixtures in the league and cup by convincing margins.

They have averaged over five goals per game while putting together their 100pc record, while only one goal has been conceded in over 10 hours of football. It’s an outstanding record that Gusterson is rightly proud of – but he knows it will provide no
guarantees when his side play host to Great Yarmouth Town in the second round of the Norfolk Senior Cup today (1.30pm).

As well as playing at a higher level the Bloaters have also made a decent start to their first season back in the top flight of Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, standing eighth in the table after 11 games going into this weekend’s break for county cup action.

“This will certainly be our biggest test of the season so far and we’re all really looking forward to it,” said Gusterson, 29, who manages the team with fellow former Norwich City youth team player Ollie Willis.

“It will be interesting to see how the players cope against a team from a higher level.

“They have done brilliantly so far, and I must admit they have even surprised me a little bit. We had a good pre-season and I knew we had a good squad but I wasn’t expecting us to start with one big win after another. To be fair it hasn’t always been easy and in our last game (a 3-0 win over Norwich CEYMS) we had to work hard to come away with all three points, but it couldn’t really have gone any better so far.”

Gusterson, who has been at the helm at Harleston for a year now while also managing Norfolk’s Under-18 side, is hoping for a little help from the sidelines as his team attempt to spring an upset and book a place in the last 16 of the competition.

“The home attendances have been picking up a bit this season with the team doing well and hopefully there will be a decent crowd on Saturday,” he said. “It would certainly give the boys a lift if there was a good turn-out, that’s for sure.”

Harleston’s match against the Bloaters is one of five ties to pit Anglian Combination sides up against those from the league above them. North Walsham Town from Division One also have home advantage against a Downham Town outfit who have made an impressive start to their campaign in the second tier of the Thurlow Nunn League, as do Caister against Thetfford Town.

The seasiders stand sixth in the Combination’s top flight while their visitors have struggled in recent weeks after making a good start to the season at a higher level. There is also the potential for an upset at Diss Town, who host Bradenham Wanderers, and Swaffham, who are at home to an Attleborough outfit who were playing in the Norfolk Junior Cup last season.

The only all Thurlow Nunn tie sees Fakenham Town entertain a Gorleston side who are still unbeaten in the league after 10 games. Twelve teams are battling for a place in next Friday evening’s third round draw where they will be joined by Dereham, Wroxham, Norwich United and King’s Lynn Town.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Diss Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Diss Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Diss Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Diss sport

Tue, 18:00

Diss Town got back to winning ways after the midweek loss at Mulbarton with a tight victory at home to King’s Lynn Reserves on Saturday.

Friday, August 3, 2018

A youngster from Bunwell, near Attleborough, is hoping to continue his run of form after bouncing back from a 40mph head-on collision in his first BKC Karting Championship.

Friday, August 3, 2018

James Biggs is leading the local challenge at the English Amateur Championship, which is being staged on the Lancashire coast this week.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Diss made it back to back victories at Rectory Meadow in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance.

Most Read

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The women’s national competition record at 100 miles was broken on Norfolk roads on Sunday.

Read more
Monday, September 18, 2017

Diss were well beaten after finding visitors Brentwood too hot to handle in most aspects of the game.

Read more
John Laurie

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 16°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Diss Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy