REACHING the HomeStore Self Storage Suffolk Women’s Cup Final is Brettvale’s ‘greatest achievement’ so far.
The Suffolk Girls’ & Women’s League side face holders Ipswich Town in Sunday’s delayed 2019-20 final at Needham Market FC – one of three finals being staged as part of ‘Super Sunday’ at Bloomfields.
Brettvale captain Claire Turnbull said: “Getting to the county cup final has to be our greatest achievement as a club to date, with it being only our second season.
“With getting to this final – and we reached the SGWFL League Cup final too which was voided – the future definitely looks promising for Brett Vale ladies.”
Andy Parton, who is manager and chairman, added: “The Suffolk Women’s Cup is a big deal for us and it will always be a competition that we strive to do well in, being part of ‘Super Sunday’ will be a great experience for everyone at the club.
“We have a mix of ages in our team and for many of our young players this will be their first final and for some of our more experienced players it will provide a great memory at the latter stages of their footballing careers.
“We are expecting a good level of support from friends, family, fellow players and a number of SGWFL clubs who have been sending us good luck messages since we made the final.”
Brettvale will be without three players – Charlotte Hayward (knee), Sophie White (knee) and Kristie Turner (foot) – are all ruled out, but they will be there on Sunday to support the team.
Ipswich Town coach Jo Sheehan admitted his side, who have won the competition in each of the last five seasons, will be going into the game ‘fairly blind’ as they don’t know too much about their opponents.
He said: “We have had a good run in the county cup over the past five seasons, it is something we've enjoyed playing in, we enjoy winning and being able to participate in a final that has recently taken place at Portman Road is something we have always enjoyed being a part of.”
Sheehan said playing in a cup final so early on in the season ‘does feel quite strange’ and added: “We have a league fixture at the same time, so it is stretching our squad slightly.
“We are having to call upon a lot of our academy players that are only 16/17, so if we can get out 11 players we will have done well!”
The match kicks off on the main pitch at Bloomfields at 3pm and follows on from the Sunday Shield Final between Haverhill & Hove Albion and Rushmere & Diamonds at 10am and the Sunday Trophy Final involving Hardy and Thrasher United at 12.45pm, both on the adjoining 3G pitch.
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