IPSWICH Wanderers joint manager James Buckle says there will be no pressure on his players in Tuesday’s CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Final.
Landlords Wanderers take on their tenants Coplestonians in the delayed 2019-20 final at their Humber Doucy Lane ground, kick-off 7.30pm.
Wanderers are currently top of Thurlow Nunn League Division One North after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over King’s Lynn Reserves made it five wins and a draw in their six matches so far.
Buckle, who is joint manager with Mark Goldfinch, said: “It should be an entertaining game for the fans.
“We are the favourites because we are the higher-league team, but it is the same at any level of football – we will come a cropper if we think we are going to just turn up and win.
“Both teams know the pitch and the facilities well and are happy to be playing the final at Humber Doucy Lane as Portman Road is not available, and it will provide some welcome income.
“Before the game we will be saying that there is no pressure on any of the boys. We will tell them to go out and be positive and if they can do things in the right way then we will get the right result.”
Buckle is well aware of the threat that will be posed by Coplestonians, who defeated fellow Macron SIL Senior Division side Crane Sports 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in their semi-final to reach their first Senior Cup Final since the club was formed 47 years ago.
He said: “I watched them against Crane Sports and they were very well organised and defended well, but we will try to find pockets of space between their midfield and defence.”
Joe Francis, who is dual registered with Wanderers and played some games for them last season, will be lining-up against them.
“We know he is a quality player, although they use him in a different position, in the No.4 role, to where he has played for us,” said Buckle.
“They also have Matt Rutterford, who has played at a higher level for Leiston, while Jordan Godbold, who used to play for us, is pacey and knows where the goal is, so we know about their players like they know about ours.”
Josh Folkes, who has been out for a month with an ankle injury, returns to the squad, while Danny Thrower is included despite not playing since damaging a shoulder in the 5-3 FA Vase win against Brantham Athletic on September 19th.
Thrower, who is expected to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder, will only be fit enough for the bench.
Wanderers also include Jack Severy (Bramford United) and Marcus Taylor (Crane Sports) who both left the club in the summer but re-signed to play in their 2-1 semi-final victory over Henley Athletic.
However, summer signings Matt Blake (Stowmarket Town) and Teon Leggett (Crane Sports) are both cup-tied.
Wanderers keeper Craig Brand is pictured above making a save during the first-half of their semi-final meeting with Henley at Whitton United FC.
Ipswich Wanderers squad: Craig Brand, Nathan Speed, Lewis Kincaid, Sam Cheetham, Gavin Flurrie, Rhys Barber, Jack Severy, Marcus Taylor, Michael Barwick, George Mrozek, Josh Folkes, Danny Thrower, Connor Field, Panashe Mundawara, Jamie Curran, Darius Laws, Mark Goldfinch.
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