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Manchester and Wembley dreams for town

PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

DREAMS are set to be realised in the next 16 days, as two football sides aim to bring back a top double to the town.

The chance of a lifetime awaits Lowestoft Town FC and their historic first-ever appearance at the new Wembley Stadium for the FA Vase final against Lancashire-based Kirkham & Wesham FC on May 11.

DREAMS are set to be realised in the next 16 days, as two football sides aim to bring back a top double to the town.

The chance of a lifetime awaits Lowestoft Town FC and their historic first-ever appearance at the new Wembley Stadium for the FA Vase final against Lancashire-based Kirkham & Wesham FC on May 11.

But before then national glory also awaits the Kirkley High School U16 girls team, who are set to take centre stage next Monday at the City of Manchester Stadium - the home of Manchester City.

They will face Shropshire-based Bridgnorth Endowed School in this year's RAF Schools' Cup Final, just days before the UEFA Cup Final is played on the same sacred turf.

And this week, the team and managers Pete Seadon and Louisa Greenacre received some important tips from coaches and former Norwich City legend Jeremy Goss.

Gearing up for Monday's final, the girls once again lifted the County Cup last Friday with a convincing 9-3 win. And on Wednesday, there was some special training, tips and techniques from the top.

The girls received some welcome guidance at the UEA sports park from exercise psychologist - with fitness tests and training helping the teenagers' cause.

A training session with one of Norwich's Football in the Community coaches the followed, before some expert tips were handed out by former City star turned Community Ambassador, Jeremy Goss.

And delighted with how all the build-up has gone, Mr Seadon and Ms Greenacre said: “Jeremy Goss talked to them about playing in a big stadium, and the atmosphere they will face - and he was really helpful. “We are confident in the players' ability and we'll be up for it on Monday.”

The side features 15 and 16 year olds (with 12 year 11 students and three year 10 students) - and they are all hoping that their last major match together before heading off for new colleges and careers will end in glory.

More than 50,000 students have competed in the prestigious RAF Schools' Cup this year, and captain Paige Shorten (the youngest daughter of Kirkley and Pakefield FC manager Nick) will be hoping to lift the trophy up come Monday afternoon.

“We are all really up for the match - and walking through the tunnel and onto the pitch will be a great occasion,” she told The Journal. Her fellow central midfield partner Rio Darlaston admitted everyone was “really excited” about Monday's match.

“We will have lots of support for the final, with friends and family going along as well as 150 people from the school - we hope to turn in a performance for them.”

And aiming to keep the Shropshire side at bay, goalkeeper Abi Battisto said: “It will probably be the biggest game of our lives - everybody is buzzing and with only three days left we can't wait, it should be great!”

Lowestoft Town FC are also preparing for their “biggest-ever game” next month - and joint Blues boss Micky Chapman yesterday told The Journal that places in the final 16 and starting line-up are still up for grabs.

With the management duo of Chapman and Ady Gallagher still undecided on their final team selection and formation for the final game of the season - it's all to play for, for the Lowestoft players in the run up to Wembley.

But one thing that Chapman was clear of yesterday was that whichever side selected - the aim will be the same from all.

“Getting to a final at Wembley is not enough - we want to win it!” he told The Journal. “Our intention is to go Wembley in a national final and bring the cup back to Lowestoft - we won't be accepting that we have just got there.”

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