Senior Reserve Cup 2019

Stowmarket aiming 'to put things right'

STOWMARKET Town meet Walsham-le-Willows in the first county cup final of this season.

STOWMARKET Town manager Craig Brown says his side ‘want to put things right’ in Tuesday night’s Days Sports Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Final.

The Old Gold & Blacks won this competition in 2017, defeating Woodbridge Town 2-1 in the final, but were beaten 2-0 by Felixstowe & Walton United in last season’s final.

They face Walsham-le-Willows, the 2014 winners, in the final at the Denny Bros Stadium, home of Bury Town FC, kick-off 7.30pm.

Stowmarket will be looking to complete the double have already won the Thurlow Nunn Reserve League, ironically being presented with the trophy after last week’s 2-1 victory over Walsham-le-Willows.

Brown said: “We want to put things right, but we know we are up against strong opposition and nobody wants to lose a final and they will make it tough for us

“It is a great achievement to be in our third final in as many years, but there is no advantage as only three players are left from last year’s final team.

“We would love to win double but we need to give our best and we know they will want to win the cup themselves, so we will make sure we leave nothing out there.

“We wish Walsham all the best, but not too much!”

Walsham manager Andy Atkins said of reaching the final: “It means everything to the club. The main focus for us managers now is bringing players through the ranks so they can play in our first team, giving the players a focus that if they play well they will move on.

“A special mention goes to the senior players within our team who help deliver the future first-team players at Walsham. Appearing in finals gives the players the opportunity to get something out of a busy season for the younger players.”

Stowmarket have twice beaten Walsham recently, but Atkins added: “The games between us have been close, the players know each other as some used to play for me at Walsham Reserves in the last few seasons and some play together on Sundays, but, yes, I think we are the underdogs.”

Admission to the final is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions (over 65 or in full-time education) and £1 for children under 12.

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