Needham Market Women May 2023

Needham not fazed by tag of favourites

NEEDHAM Market are not fazed by being favourites to win the Suffolk Women’s Cup Final.

NEEDHAM Market Women’s manager Warren Lewis Claxton is not fazed by his side being favourites to win this season’s MH Goals Suffolk Women’s Cup Final.

His side will start firm favourites to beat Bungay Town when the two teams meet in Tuesday’s final at the JobServe Community Stadium, home of Colchester United FC, kick-off 7.30pm.

Not only do Needham play in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division, which is two leagues higher than their opponents, but this will be their fourth final in five seasons.

For Bungay Town it will be their first-ever appearance in a Suffolk Women’s Cup Final.

Lewis-Claxton said: “A cup final is always a game with some added pressure, but we set ourselves high standards to deal with these occasions, so I think we’ll be in a good place. 

“It’s a cup we want to win, and we’ll go into it like every game with the same mentality and confidence we do each week, and hopefully we can bring the trophy home!”

Needham Market won 5-3 in the second round versus AFC Sudbury, whom they lost to in last season’s final, a result which Lewis-Claxton said had filled his side with confidence.

“That game was always going to be a good match, and proved to be, but we came out winners. We were delighted to beat them early on, and it gave us great confidence going forward in the cup too,” he said.

Lewis-Claxton admitted he did not know too much about their opponents, who play in Division One of the Norfolk Women’s & Girls’ Football League.

He said: “We have faced them in seasons gone by, but not too much of recent. I know of a few players they have, some of which were with us in seasons gone by. We’ll plan no different to any other side.”

Asked what he was looking forward to about the final, Lewis-Claxton replied: “The home dressing room is a good start!

“We didn’t get that last season. It’s always a good occasion regardless, so we’ll enjoy that and embrace being in the final again.”

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