Gym are gunning for national glory

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GYM United are gearing up for a national cup run as they begin their FA Sunday Cup campaign against Offley Moat on Sunday (2pm).

United will be hosting the Luton-based outfit in the second round of the competition, which is the Sunday league equivalent to the prestigious FA Cup, and despite not having any previous knowledge of the visitors, manager Matt Morton is confident his side can enjoy a successful run in the competition.

“It is a national competition with some very good teams involved, a lot of whom we don’t have any previous knowledge on, so we are venturing into the unknown,” he said.

“We know you have to be doing well in your respective top division to enter so there will be some strong teams involved.

“However, we have a very good squad, with a lot of the players having played at Ridgeons level so we are hopeful of doing well and reaching the further rounds.

“We are pretty confident and although we won’t be considered favourites, we know we have got the ability, so with a bit of luck, you never know what might happen.

Due to competition rules stating matches must take place at a semi-professional ground, the game will be played at Walsham-le-Willows’ Summer Road ground.

However, for the hosts, this may serve as an advantage as a number of their players, including Morton, either play or have previously featured for the Willows.

The manager is hopeful it will add to their chances of progressing, as he aims for an appearance in the showpiece final, which in previous seasons has taken place at Wembley and Liverpool’s Anfield stadium.

“Hopefully that familiarity of Summer Road will give us the ‘home’ advantage,” he added.

“To reach the final would be the highlight of any of our careers.

“Realistically for the team as a whole, it is our only real opportunity to get to play at somewhere like Anfield and to be able to compete at that stage would be the pinnacle for us.”

Admission on the day is £2.