WOODBRIDGE Town Manager Jamie Scales says it is the ‘chance-of-a-lifetime’ for most of his squad to play at Portman Road in this season’s CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Final.
The Woodpeckers face Bungay Town on Friday night, kick-off 7.30pm, in the club’s first Senior Cup Final for 24 years, most of the intervening period having been spent competing in the Premier Cup.
Scales said: “They are a league below us so we will start favourites, but we will not be taking them lightly.
“If we put in a performance we know we are capable of then I will be quietly confident of winning.
“At the start of the season we had two main targets – to get promotion and to get to Portman Road in the Senior Cup.
“We have gone up as champions, so if we were to do the double it would be fantastic.
“We have had good coverage in the local Press over the course of the season which has put Woodbridge Town Football Club back on the map.
“Our supporters have also been fantastic, so it would be nice to give them something back to them by winning the cup for them.”
Scales has a full squad of 18 players to choose from, meaning he has faced a difficult decision who to leave out.
“They have all played a significant part in our success this season, but unfortunately two of them will miss out on a place on the bench,” he said.
Two members of the Woodbridge management team – Dave Bowman and Kye Hunter – watched Bungay demolish Brantham Athletic Reserves 7-1 in their semi-final.
Scales said: “We will have to make sure we have our ‘A’ game on Friday night.
“It is good for the competition to have a team like Bungay Town, who have beaten teams like Debenham and Lakenheath, getting to the final.”
Scales, who played for Cambridge United Reserves versus Ipswich Town Reserves at the ground nearly 20 years ago, added: “It is a chance-of-a-lifetime for most of the players to appear at Portman Road, so I want everyone to enjoy it and have a great experience.”
Admission to Friday’s final is £6 for adults and £4 for concessions which applies to OAPS and children aged under-16.
Pre-school children accompanied by an adult will be admitted for £1.
The turnstiles to the Cobbold Stand, where spectators will be seated, will open at 6.45pm.
A souvenir programme, priced £1, will be on sale.
Bryan Klug, who was caretaker manager of Ipswich Town for the final four matches of the season, will be the guest of Honour and will present the trophy.
Woodbridge Town defender Aaron Churchyard (red shirt) is pictured above sliding in to make a timely tackle as goalkeeper Alfie Stronge looks on in their 3-1 victory over Achilles (sky blue shirts) in the semi-final at Felixstowe & Walton United FC. Photograph courtesy of Paul Voller.
Woodbridge Town: Alfie Stronge, Sean Rea, Dale Hammond, Liam Scopes, Aaron Churchyard, Jake Green, Joe Langfield, Marco Makris, Baden Holmes, Taylor Southgate, George Bowman, Ben Garnham, Carlos Edwards, Alex Greggor, Matt Mackenzie, Mark Ray, Ryan Keeble, Callum Sinclair.