West Norfolk sides look to move one step closer to final
Dersingham Rovers face their toughest test since being reformed, according to manager Harry Collinson.
Rovers go at loggerheads with rivals Heacham in the Norfolk County FA Junior Cup quarter final at The Pastures on Saturday.
The West Norfolk outfit find themselves only two games away from a cup final - just a few months after stepping back in to the football limelight.
Collinson said: "We've done really well to get this far. It's Lewis (Curson) and my first season with this side, so I'm delighted at where we are now but we need to keep pushing on.
"It's going to be a really tough game, it's definitely the toughest since the club reformed.
"We played Heacham in pre-season and were beaten but at the time we didn't have too much to choose from. I'm sure we'll make a better showing of ourselves this time around."
Rovers reluctantly folded in 2017 after 127 years of existence in what was a bitter pill to swallow.
Collinson was involved when the decision was made and he spoke about the impact it had on everyone connected with the club.
"I was with the reserves at the time," explained Collinson.
"I hadn't been with the club that long but it was still difficult. I know that for some of the others it was harder to take.
"Some of the lads, especially Scott English, had been with Dersingham pretty much all of his life so it wasn't nice for him.
Despite there being some rough edges, the Dersingham boss says the transition to a new club has been smooth.
Collinson said: "In one sense it has changed. I think now we've got lads that we know we can trust.
"Obviously when we folded we had to sign on players every week to try and scrape a team together, so we've come a long way in a short space of time."
Underdogs Rovers, who ply their trade three leagues lower than Heacham, will come up against a King's Lynn legend in the name of Jack Defty.
Defty scored 161 goals in 405 appearances for the Linnets and Collinson has outlined the striker as one of Heacham's main threats.
He added: "He is a quality player. He's a terrific finisher so if he gets the chance I'm sure he'll take it. It's our job to make sure that he doesn't get that chance.
"We've got a young defender called Zac Fountain who's played at a really good standard before, so he'll be up for the test."