Heacham set for biggest game in their history as they travel to Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup
Thirteen years ago Jack Defty was on target twice as King’s Lynn progressed to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Wroxham.
Tomorrow, the frontman returns to the scene of that cup triumph with Heacham as the Anglian Combination side look to cause a massive upset in the third round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
Defty, now 39, is still feared in both boxes as he looks to end a glittering non-league career with one final swansong at Norwich City’s Carrow Road.
“We’ve taken big strides forward as a club in the last two or three years,” said Defty who was persuaded to sign for Heacham by former Linnets coach Ross McNeil.
“It’s a great little club and I’m really enjoying my football here. Things are done very professionally and it’s a lovely little set-up.
“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a tall order going to Wroxham but it’s football and you never know.
“It’s a one-off cup tie. They are going to be big favourites to win, but we’ll go there and enjoy the day.
“I’ve been involved in cup ties as an underdog in the past where we’ve come out on top and also at the other end of the scale where we’ve been favourites and lost.”
Heacham’s progress on the pitch has been nothing short of incredible since setting the bar higher as a club five years ago.
They have enjoyed four successive promotions since joining the Anglian Combination in 2016 from the North-West Norfolk League.
Due to the pandemic the The Offside Trust Return to #NorfolkFootball Premier Cup and Norfolk Senior Cup are their only chance of silverware this campaign, but long-term, the club’s aim is a place in the Thurlow Nunn League.
Magpies chairman Dave Page, who is Heacham through-and-through, is relishing the David versus Goliath encounter at Trafford Park as the club pit their wits against the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division giants.
“I’d say it’s the biggest game in the club’s history,” he said.
“I’ve been involved with the club for 60 years now and we’ve never had a game of this magnitude.
“We used to be regarded as a pub team in the village, but five years ago we took the decision that we wanted to move the club forward to the next level.
“Griggsy (David Griggs) and Mel Barr took control of the team and then Ross McNeil came on board. We’ve got a hard-working committee
and it has just taken off from there.
“We had to start signing and bringing in players from outside the village but that’s what you’ve got to do if you want to be successful.”
Elsewhere tomorrow, Fakenham Town travel to Norwich CBS in the third round after completing a remarkable comeback against Harleston in their second round encounter in mid
The Ghosts trailed 2-0 at one stage before progressing 3-2 thanks to an Ashley Jarvis double and an own goal.
King's Lynn Town Under-21s entertain Mulbarton Wanderers at The Walks.