OLD Newton United joint manager Anthony Fryatt says his side can take heart from last season’s CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Semi-Finals.
Bildeston Rangers caused an upset as they defeated firm favourites Ipswich Wanderers 2-0 to reach the final for the first time.
Old Newton will be aiming to emulate that performance when they face Wanderers in this season’s semi-final at Stowmarket Town FC on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.
Fryatt and Andy Pirie took over as joint managers of the Macron SIL Senior Division side at the end of October and have guided them to within 90 minutes of a first final appearance in the competition.
The match is taking place on Tuesday evening as Old Newton closed Saturday’s date as it was Fryatt’s stag weekend in Bristol.
Fryatt said: “Although we will definitely be the underdogs it is a good opportunity for the club to play in front of a big crowd, so we were not too disappointed to draw them.
“We have said to everyone it is a free hit and the pressure will be on Wanderers.
“We spoke to Bildeston when we played them a few weeks ago, and the fact that Wanderers lost to them last season shows it can happen.
“There is less chance they will be complacent this time, but we can take heart from that result, although they don’t tend to come round too often.”
Victories over Felixstowe & Walton United U23s (6-2), Waveney (4-2) and AFC Sudbury Reserves (3-2) have put Old Newton within touching distance of the final, to be played at Colchester United FC.
Fryatt added: “There is a real buzz around the club at the moment. Old Newton have never got to a Senior Cup Final before, but the club deserves to be successful, and we would love to get there.
“We have watched Wanderers twice since the semi-final draw was made, but I had watched them several times before that this season, so we know what to expect.
“They have got several players who should be playing at a higher level, but you want to test yourself against the best players and teams that you can.”
Action is pictured above from when Old Newton United (yellow & blue shirts) lost 1-0 at Ipswich Wanderers (blue shirts) in the quarter-finals of the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup in the 2019-20 season.
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CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Semi-Final: Ipswich Wanderers v Old Newton Utd at Stowmarket Town FC (kick-off 7.45pm).