Thurston squad May 2024

Double win would be Martin's dream end

WINNING the double at Portman Road would be the perfect send-off for Thurston’s manager.

THURSTON manager Martin McConnell said it would be a dream to win the double at Portman Road in his last game in charge.

McConnell announced earlier this season that he will be leaving the club, who he has guided to back-to-back promotions, at the end of this season.

And after securing the Macron SIL Division One title in style, McConnell could have the perfect send off by adding the Parkers Pitches Suffolk Junior Cup.

Thurston will be hot favourites to complete the double when they meet Woolverstone United in the final at Portman Road on Monday evening, kick-off 7.30pm.




McConnell said: “It’s a great achievement getting to any final, but especially to be playing at Portman Road for the club and the village.

“Everyone involved is excited and there’s a real buzz about the club at the moment.

“To be able to do the double would top the season off. We know we are favourites, but that means nothing in cup games. You have to turn up and put it in while Woolverstone have nothing to lose.”

McConnell is not concerned about facing a side who have been competing in the same division as Thurston this season.

“I think playing Woolverstone helps as we know what they are about and the same goes with them.

“I’m not taking them lightly as they have some good players and play good football.

“They will feel the pressure is on us as we are favourites, but my lads have had pressure all season with expectations from others so hopefully they can do it again.

“To potentially win the double at Portman Road in my last game in charge would be a dream and to finish on a high I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

McConnell, who congratulated Woolverstone on reaching the final, added: “I want to say thank you to all my lads for this season. It’s been one to remember and it’s a real credit to the boys for doing what they have done this season.

“We haven’t had an easy run to this final, I would say beating three of the strongest teams in the competition in Mutford & Wrentham, Kirton Athletic and Somersham.

“But lads did it and now they need to enjoy the day and take as many photographs and videos for their memories.”

Thurston should have everyone available apart from Kieran Waller, who is unavailable, and a couple of players who are cup-tied.

The Thurston squad are pictured above.



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