Capel ready to plough up Portman Road

FOOTBALL: Capel Plough meet Team Bury in tonight’s (MON) final of the Suffolk Senior Cup proud of their unfashionable tag.

The Kingsley Healthcare SIL side will start underdogs against opponents from the First Division of the Ridgeons League in a game that kicks-off at Portman Road at 7pm.

Archie Arnold, who is joint manager with Sean Tynan, says that he is happy that Team Bury will start favourites.

“We are seen as the poor relations of the SIL because of our robust style of play and facilities, which are a world away from Bury’s,” said Arnold.

“We have a collection of village lads who play for nothing and will do anything for the club; something I feel is often missing nowadays.

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“They all stay for a drink after games and should take great credit for what they have achieved.

“We’ve been underdogs every round and having watched Team Bury a couple of times they are what I would call a typical Ridgeon’s League Division one side.

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“They are youthful, very well organised and play at a high tempo, something that you do not get week in and week out in the SIL.

“We are under no illusions how hard a task we face.

“But we do have more experience than Bury with eight of our squad involved in our previous Senior Cup final.

“Their younger players may, however, play without fear and they are well marshalled at the back by an experienced Ricky Cornish.

“We haven’t been able to train for three weeks because of a backlog of games and I feel the SIL could have called off Saturday’s game against Old Newton.”

Goalkeeper and captain Nick Hunt has enjoyed a fine season before hanging up his gloves this summer while Nick Albins and Tony Mayhew have been outstanding defenders, Former skipper Miles Donovan misses out after undergoing an operation last week.

Team Bury was formed in 2005 and apart from one year when they finished eighth in the Border League Premier Division, have been promoted every season

This season the Ridgeons League new boys have surpassed many people’s expectations and currently find themselves eighth in Division One.

“It has been a phenomenal year and quite beyond anything we expected,” said Neil Reader who is joint manager with Dean Greygoose.

“The youngsters have acquitted themselves well and most have the potential to go on and play at a much higher level.”

Four of the squad come from Ipswich in Rhys Henry, Daniel Hitching, Luke Ingram and Andrew Nugent while Ryan Clarke and Jed Winfield hail from Stowmarket and Lee Warren from Needham Market.

Tonight’s squads

Capel Plough: Hunt, Morrison, Fuller, Albins, Easton, P Tynan, K Donovan, Wall, Arnold, Mayhew, Thurlow, Wilshaw, Dorward, Collins, Bradford, Rawthorn, Gaston.

Team Bury: Boreham, Clarke, Cornish, Curry, Greygoose, Hardwick, Henry, Hitching, Howe, Ingram, Miller, Nugent, Peters, Pope, Steed, Warren, Winfield, Wood.

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