Manager's warning ahead of cup-tie
LOWESTOFT Town manager Jamie Godbold has warned his side against taking lower-league Hadleigh United lightly in their Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Quarter-Final tie on Tuesday.
The Trawler Boys, who play two leagues higher than their hosts, will be expected to progress to the final four of this season’s competition when they meet at the Millfield, kick-off 7.45pm.
Lowestoft last reached the final in the 2016-17 season, losing 3-2 to Needham Market at Colchester United FC, and last season lost 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Leiston in the quarter-finals.
Godbold (pictured above) said: “It becomes a really important competition for us this season. We reviewed our targets for the season recently and a mid-table finish and a cup final would represent a good season for us.
“We have done well in the Premier Cup in the past, although last season we lost in the quarter-finals on penalties to eventual winners Leiston.
“Despite their league position Hadleigh look a good side on paper, so we will have to guard against that and also their enthusiasm of playing against higher league opposition.”
Hadleigh, who sit second-from-bottom in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, showed plenty of spirit as they drew 3-3 at Woodbridge Town on Friday night.
After taking an early lead, three quickfire goals from Woodbridge saw Hadleigh trailing at the interval, but they fought back and equalised late on with ten men after Matt Hayden had received a second yellow card.
Two goals by Malachi Linton, who also saw his penalty saved, earned Lowestoft a 2-1 victory over Biggleswade Town at Crown Meadow on Saturday.
In addition to long-term injury victim Shaun Bammant, who has been out of action since late September with a broken leg, Lowestoft are likely to still be without Jack Wilkinson and Jake Reed.
Godbold said full-back Wilkinson, who had a loan spell at Hadleigh earlier in his career, and striker Reed are not expected to be risked as they continue their recovery from hamstring injuries.
The semi-final draw will be made during the Thursday Night Sports Social on BBC Radio Suffolk from 8.30pm.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Quarter-Finals: Hadleigh Utd v Lowestoft Town, Leiston v Needham Market, Stowmarket Town v Brantham Athletic, Walsham-le-Willows v Bury Town.