THE delayed 2019-20 McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Final promises to be an ‘amazing’ occasion for the two clubs.
Elmswell and Melton United spent last season contesting promotion from Division Three of the Macron SIL, with both teams being awarded promotion after the campaign was cut short by COVID-19.
Now they face each other in the final at Greens Meadow, home of Stowmarket Town FC, on Wednesday night, kick-off 7.30pm, and the final has captured the imagination of the competing clubs.
Elmswell chairman Shaun Pratt said: “It will be amazing – not only for the first-team squad but the whole of the club, and indeed a big part of the Elmswell community are talking of coming along.
“We will have 100-plus attending. Elmswell’s last appearance in the final of this cup was when they won it in 1954! We hope to have some of the surviving players and officers of the club attending.”
Pratt acknowledged that Melton are a ‘great side’ and added: “Both Melton and Elmswell gained promotion on merit last season. It promises to be a tough but entertaining match between two equal sides.”
Elmswell will be without Thomas Hector-Fisher, who has a long-term groin injury, but otherwise have a clean bill of health.
Melton United secretary Matt Spink is, not surprisingly, also expecting a ‘close and a competitive contest all round’ between the two teams.
He said: “Everyone at Melton United is excited to eventually see this cup through from last season.
“We feel playing against Elmswell is a great touch to finish off the cup considering the rivalry from last season and us both being promoted from Division Three.
“The history of Melton as a club is large and we expect to see many past players, and club representatives from over the years supporting the re-birth of Melton in their first cup final to roll back the years.”
Melton have retained all their players from last season, so are expecting to have a full-strength squad to select from.
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