FOOTBALL: Manager Michelle Stewart will be looking to captain Becky Russell to lead by example when King’s Lynn Town take on Wymondham Town in the final of the Norfolk
County FA Women’s Cup at Carrow Road on Sunday, 3.30pm.
Although this is the first time the Linnets have reached the prestigious final, Russell has played in it three times, winning it once, with her former team Thorpe.
To reach the final, Lynn have beaten Sprowston (3-0), Tavern Old Boys (6-1), Sprowston Athletic (4-0) and Thorpe United (3-2), while Wymondham got a walkover against Bure Valley and then beat Bulldogs (22-0), Taverham United (12-1) and Acle United (5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw).
Stewart knows her team face a tough challenge against their free-scoring opponents but is confident they have the ability to pull off a shock against a team who play in the Premier Division of the Eastern Region Women’s League, a step above Lynn.
“We were in the same league last season, so we know quite a bit about their players and the style they play,” said Stewart.
“We know they are quick and clinical in attack and very good at set pieces. We lost heavily to them twice but this season we are a different team. We have new players and have had another season to gell. We have strengthened in all areas and the girls have improved, as our results show in the last few months.”
Stewart said the team was full of confidence, despite being without striker Rochelle Woods, who is out with an ankle ligament injury, and several new players who are not eligible.
“It is a massive shame for them but we will make sure they are all still a part of the day with us,” said Stewart.
“This is our first time in the final. Last season we went out in the semi-final but Becky Russell has already won it with Thorpe, so I expect her to be a big influence in keeping us calm and focused in the dressing room and on the pitch.”
The team have been working hard on their preparations with extra training sessions to make sure they are in top condition.
“Our coach Joe Simpson has also been doing one-to-one sessions to work on specific areas,” said Stewart.
“The girls have also been doing lots of extra fitness sessions.”
Team sponsors A J Coggles have provided a coach to transport the players and supporters to and from the match and Stewart thanked them and their other sponsors for their support.
Tickets for the match are £5 adults and £3 concessions, on the gate. Mascots for the game are from West Winch FC. For coach seat availability, visit the team’s Facebook page for contact details and updates.
Lynn warmed up for the final with a 3-2 win at Hutton on Sunday with goals from top scorer Tiff Forshaw, who now has 26 to her name this season, Emma Corbyn and a penalty from player of the match Becky Russell.
Lynn had trailed 2-0 at the break and Stewart said: “The girls showed great character to come back and win.
“It was a great result to take us into the cup final.”