Added brotherly spice to Suffolk Senior Cup tie
FOOTBALL: There is plenty of added spice attached to tomorrow’s re-scheduled Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-final between Ridgeons League Whitton United and Kingsley Healthcare SIL Capel Plough.
If Capel come out on top there will be no brotherly love in the semi-final with a Portman Road final date against Achilles or Lakenheath in the offing.
The Plough are managed by Pat Tynan while his brother Sean is joint manager of Framlingham along with Rob Allum.
Archie Arnold, player assistant manager for Capel, said: “There will certainly be an extra edge to tomorrow’s match.
“But we certainly won’t be thinking that far ahead on tomorrow.
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“Last year the lads had a taste for the big occasion when we were beaten by Team Bury in the final.
“We feel that we let ourselves down a bit on the night.
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“Looking back you could say that we were a bit na�ve at times.
“We will be going all out for another chance to put our name on some silverware.”
The game was called off last week and Arnold is hoping for better luck this weekend in a match where his team will start underdogs as they are a step below their opponents in the footballing ladder.
But Capel are renowned cup fighters and Whitton manager Ian Brown said last week that he is expecting a tough game.
Arnold added: “It’s definitely a game we can win. But we will have to play to our potential.
“Although we would have preferred to have been at home we will certainly have no fears going to Whitton.
“We faced Brantham at this stage last season when they were doing well in the Ridgeons League and managed to get a result.
“Being underdogs will suit us again.
“We know Whitton will be a young side and like Team Bury will want to get the ball down and play.
“With both teams seeing little action lately tiredness could play a key factor certainly later on.
“Substitutes could have a big say in the final outcome.”
Tynan is the only injury worry with back problem and Capel will wait to see how he is when he returns from working in Birmingham tomorrow morning.
Robbie Fuller, Miles Donovan and Damian Constable will be pushing for a starting place after overcoming long term injuries.
Although the majority of the current squad featured in last year’s final, Capel have a few new faces who have not played at Portman Road before.
Chris Mallet has stepped up from the reserves and has been a huge bonus up front, while Aron Boorman is playing his first season of Saturday football and is developing into an excellent centre back.
Sixteen SIL teams did not play a single match during December and a lot of fingers will be crossed that games tomorrow will go ahead.
As a result of the recent postponements 18 teams have more matches to play than there are available Saturdays - Achilles, Capel Plough, Coplestonians, Felixstowe United, Framlingham Town, Haughley, Stanton, Ipswich Exiles, Mendlesham, Thurston, Wenhaston, Saxmundham Res, Cockfield Res, Mendlesham Res, Stowupland Falcons Res, Thurston Res, Great Blakenham and Sporting ’87.
Recent SIL transfers: Sam Baker (Wickham Market to Framlingham), Kevin Byles (St Johns to Coddenham), Oliver Langham (Woodbridge Athletic to Westerfield), Dean McEwan (Coplestonians to BT Trimley), Aaron Osborn (Grundisburgh to Ransomes), Gavin Palmer (Ipswich Athletic to Achilles), Thomas Smith (FC Adhara to Salvation Army), Stephen Thorpe (Capel Plough to Henley), Chris Walsh (Westerfield to Old Newton), Shaun Woods (Shotley to St Johns), Leon Yelland (Westerfield to Henley).