IPSWICH Wanderers are aiming to ensure they avoid another CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup upset.
Wanderers were red-hot favourites to beat lower-league Bildeston Rangers in last season’s semi-final at Claydon FC only to lose 2-0.
They face another Macron SIL Senior Division side in Old Newton United in this season’s semi-final at Stowmarket Town FC on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.
It is the fourth season in a row that Wanderers have reached the semi-finals of the competition, also losing 2-1 to Cornard United in the 2018-19 season before beating Henley Athletic by the same scoreline the following season en route to winning the cup.
James Buckle, who is joint manager with Mark Goldfinch, is all too aware that Wanderers let themselves down last season.
He said: “We had some players turning up 45 minutes before kick-off which was very unprofessional for experienced players.
“It will be different this time – we will all be there between 6pm and 6.15pm ready to go and hopefully will be on our game from the start.
“Old Newton are not going to roll over and let us have everything our own way.
“We know they have got some firepower up front, but unfortunately have not been able to get to watch them.
“We have had four away matches and travelled nearly 600 miles in just ten days, so it was good to have a break and not play the semi-final over the weekend as we would have struggled to get players ready.”
Wanderers lead Thurlow Nunn League Division One South by five points and are on a 28-game unbeaten run in the league, winning their last 18 games in a row.
Buckle (above left with Goldfinch on the right) continued: “It is our fourth consecutive semi-final, which is quite an achievement, but we will be looking to push on and reach the final again.
“We have spoken to managers from the SIL about Old Newton so we know a little bit about them, but we need to focus on our own game and do what we do well.
“We have got players back from injury, so we have nearly a full squad to choose from and we are able to now rotate players as we have a league game on Friday night at home to May & Baker.”
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CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Semi-Final: Ipswich Wanderers v Old Newton Utd at Stowmarket Town FC (7.45pm).