Coach reflects on club's achievement
COACH Glenn Snell reflected on the ‘amazing achievement’ of doing the double after Woodbridge Town’s CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup success.
The Woodpeckers beat Bungay Town 3-0 in Friday night’s final at Portman Road to add the Senior Cup to their Thurlow Nunn League Division One title this season.
Two goals in three first-half minutes from Matt Mackenzie and Liam Scopes set Woodbridge on their way, before George Bowman sealed the outcome in the 78th minute.
Snell, who achieved the same double while with Whitton United in the 2013-14 season, said: “To do the double is an amazing achievement for the 20-odd players and six management staff. Everyone’s hard work during the season has reaped its rewards.
“To win trophies is what I am in the game for, so to win the double twice with two different teams is very special for me as an individual.
“But this success is all about the team who have been together for a few years and that togetherness and loyalty deserves what we have achieved this season.”
Snell admitted that the scoreline flattered favourites Woodbridge, who didn’t have it all their own way against their lower league Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Division One opponents.
He said: “Credit to Bungay Town, who right from the start made it difficult for us and were more adventurous than I thought they would be and it played on our minds.
“They got in our faces and worked really hard and I expected them to tire, but they didn’t.
“We put pressure on ourselves being the favourites before the start as we had everything to lose and they had nothing to lose.
“The scoreline probably flattered us. We have played a lot better in other games this season, but it didn’t quite happen for us tonight for some reason.
“We got into our rhythm more in the second-half and played better, but they were unlucky to have a goal ruled out and had it stood it would have made for an interesting finale.”
Bungay Town boss Richard Daniels said: “Conceding two goals in the space of a couple of minutes in the first-half made it hard for us, but I thought there was not much between the two teams in the second-half."
His team thought they had halved the deficit when Sean Flint was on hand to stab home at the far post after Ash Canham’s fierce drive rebounded into his path via the legs of prostrate keeper Alfie Stronge.
Daniels said: “I didn’t think it was offside, but the linesman has given it. If it had stood and we had got back to 2-1 it would have been closer.
“I would not say 3-0 flattered them, but we did not deserve to lose by that scoreline either.
“Our supporters have been brilliant as were the Woodbridge Town supporters when they clapped my players at the end.
“Woodbridge are a very good club with a good management team and deserve their success, and I wish them all the best for next season.”
Glenn Snell (far right) is pictured above celebrating with the Woodbridge Town players after their Suffolk Senior Cup win. Photograph courtesy of Paul Voller.