GYM United Manager Matt Morton is expecting his side to face their toughest test yet in the FA Sunday Cup when they travel to Bristol for their quarter-final tie.
The club, who were formed in 2001, have been regular entrants in this national competition in recent years, and are now just two wins from the final at a Premier League ground.
The Premier Logos Bury & District Sunday League Division One leaders, who face Lebeqs Tavern Courage FC in Sunday’s tie, kick-off 2pm, are leaving nothing to chance and travelling down on Saturday evening.
Gym United reached the last eight thanks to a 4-0 victory over Sussex side White Hart three weeks ago.
The match was switched to Thetford Town’s Mundford Road ground as Ram Meadow, home of Bury Town, was waterlogged. Two goals from Andrew Wood (one a penalty) and one apiece for Tanner Call and Sam Bond secured their spot in the last eight.
Morton, who is also club chairman, said: “It was a lot easier than we were expecting. We have never had an easy game before in this competition – it is usually a better standard than teams we play against for our Saturday sides, although, to be fair, they said they were missing six of their best starting XI for various reasons.”
But he has warned his side to expect their toughest test yet, even though Lebeqs Tavern Courage FC lost 3-0 to Middlesex side FC Bengals, who were subsequently removed from the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
Morton said: “We know they are the best side in the Bristol and Gloucestershire area, and that most of their side play at Step 4 or Step 5 level on a Saturday.
“We also know they are a physical side who are very dangerous going forwards, but can be ‘got at’ at the back, although that may be easier said than done.
“In the last round, although they lost 3-0, it was a misleading scorleine as they went 1-0 down in the 50th minute to a deflection and the other two goals came in the 85th and 88th minutes when they were pushing for an equaliser and probably left themselves light in defence.
“I am expecting it to be our toughest test so far we have faced in this competition – and we have played some very good sides over the years.”
Morton himself faces a late fitness test after suffering a knee ligament injury, while Cameron King and Craig Nurse, who plays for Thurlow Nunn League side Walsham-le-Willows, are both ruled out by knee injuries.
Ex-Norwich City and Theford Town attacker King was with Irish outfit Shamrock Rovers until November and is now at Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division table-toppers King’s Lynn.
Morton added: “He suffered knee ligament damage on the same day as I did. Losing him is a big blow as he is our most gifted player.”
Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal said: “We're delighted Gym United FC have reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Sunday Cup. We will be supporting them all the way as they travel to Bristol this weekend.”