Stowupland Falcons Women March 2024

Reaching semi-finals is 'massive' for club

REACHING the Suffolk Women’s Cup semi-final is ‘massive’ for Stowupland Falcons.

REACHING the MH Goals Suffolk Women’s Cup semi-final is ‘massive’ for Stowupland Falcons.

The team, who are jointly managed by Martin Huggins and Simon Gant, have never previously played in the final of the competition.

Stowupland Falcons face Brantham Athletic in the first of this season’s semi-finals at Humber Doucy Lane, home of Ipswich Wanderers FC, on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm.




Both teams play in the Premiership Division of the Suffolk Girls’ & Women’s Football League.

A tight match is expected as only two points separate Brantham Athletic, who are second, from Stowupland Falcons, who are third, after each playing ten matches.

Martin Huggins said: “It is massive to the club that the ladies have reached the semi-final, with a chance of reaching their first-ever final. That would be fantastic and credit to the small squad we have.

“Although we have three or four experienced players, the majority of our squad is 21 or under, with some still only 16 or 17, so reaching the final would be a great achievement.”

Asked if he felt it was an advantage or disadvantage to face a side in the same division as Stowupland, Huggins said: “That is difficult to say as we have only had one competitive game against each other this season, with our league meeting on Sunday being abandoned just after half time.

“Brantham will go into the game as favourites after their narrow victory (1-0) in the league cup semi-final last month.”
Huggins, who said they are hoping to have some support from the village, will be telling his players to enjoy the semi-final.

“I want them to go out there and enjoy the occasion and not to leave anything on the pitch! We know we will need to be at our best to beat Brantham.

“We have struggled since Christmas with injuries and players not being available. We will have two or three players missing but have the core of our squad available.”



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