IPSWICH Wanderers Chairman Steve Boyle hailed Connor Field as the club’s ‘talisman’ after his goal won the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup.
Field scored the only goal of the game after 30 minutes as Wanderers won the delayed 2019-20 CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Final.
The midfielder was quickest to react to a scuffed Jack Severy free-kick to fire home as landlords Wanderers defeated tenants Coplestonians 1-0 in the final at Humber Doucy Lane on Tuesday.
Boyle said: “Cup finals can either be fantastic or messy and that one was messy. So much was on the line for both teams.
“The pitch was pretty heavy as well and defences were on top, but it was exciting and it was tense, if not a great footballing spectacle.
“Connor knows where the back of the net is – he is our talisman. He is the heartbeat of our team. He is a special player and a special guy and we love him.”
Field had scored Wanderers’ winner in their 2-1 victory over Henley Athletic in the semi-final and also netted the deciding goal for his Sunday side Hardys as they defeated Thrasher United 4-3 in last month’s Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final.
He is pictured above (left) celebrating with Ipswich Wanderers team-mates George Mrozek, Lewis Kincaid and goalkeeper Craig Brand after Tuesday’s final.
Boyle described it as a ‘wonderful occasion’ for the club as a sell-out crowd of 300 saw Wanderers win the cup for the second time, having defeated Whitton United on penalties in the 2012-13 final.
He said: “It is a fantastic feeling as so much hard work has gone into getting football back up and running this year and we are very grateful to everybody involved, especially the sponsors CNet Training and Suffolk FA for getting these competitions played out which I think was the right thing to do.
“On a personal note it was wonderful for the club to be hosting the evening. As soon as we realised it couldn’t be played at Portman Road, bearing in mind we were playing Coplestonians who pitch-share with us, it just seemed like the obvious venue.
“It was wonderful to see so many happy faces at the club enjoying the game, with 300 people around the ground all behaving themselves.
“The game was very well refereed as well and it was a fantastic occasion for the club.”
Boyle said that Wanderers, who are joint top of Division One North of the Thurlow Nunn League, are very ambitious and should be competing at the least at the level above.
He said of winning the Senior Cup: “It gives us the recognition that we are out of the doldrums and we are on our way back. We have got big plans for the club.
“We want to see this place busy and we want to see the ground full, with as many people as we can get in. We want to see happy faces and we want to see kids around the club and attractive football and we are very ambitious and tonight is a wonderful occasion for the club.”
Coplestonians manager Ian Bristo said: “I am proud of my players and we certainly didn’t disgrace ourselves.
“There were some nerves in the first-half, and we sat the players down and talked to them at half-time.
“We were the better side in the second-half and forced their goalkeeper to make a couple of good saves.
“It wasn’t a classic, and at the end of the day it was fine margins that decided the result.”
Field strikes to win the cup for Wanderers