Cedars Park celebrate double after Suffolk Primary Cup win

CEDARS Park are celebrating success in the Suffolk Primary Cup on top of a third successive promotion in the Kingsley Healthcare SIL.

And on Saturday the club’s reserve side could complete an incredible season for the club who play their home matches at Stowmarket High School by clinching their league title. That’s no mean feat for a club that only formed in 2009.

Club secretary Jamie Abbott said that the club was formed out of players who were connected to Stowupland Falcons and living on the Cedars Park estate in Stowmarket.

“We wanted to form our own club – players often talk about doing it, but it doesn’t always happen.

“The club was set up in 2009 with the aim of being established in four or five years’ time to create a legacy on the estate, and that looks like it will happen. We should have our own ground based at the new community centre for the 2013/14 season.”

The first team, who are managed by ex-Stowupland Falcons player Andrew Kirk from the outset, won Division Six in their first season in the SIL.

They finished runners-up in Division Five the following season and have romped to the Division Four title this season.

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Undefeated with 18 wins and two draws so far, Cedars Park completed the double thanks to a 2-1 victory over local rivals and favourites AFC Crowley in last Friday’s Suffolk Primary Cup final at Needham Market watched by a record crowd of 420.

Leading scorer and man-of-the-match Stephen Holland put Cedars Park into a first-half lead, but Lee Upson equalised for the Division Two side after the interval. Danny Moore bundled home a David Shields corner with around 15 minutes remaining to secure the cup.

Manager Kirk said: “It was a fantastic night for us to play under floodlights at a superb ground. We were underdogs and I don’t think their players thought at any stage that they would be beaten.

“The commitment of my players has been superb this season. We have had some tough games on paper, and every time we have needed to step up to the mark we have done it.”

The team have only lost once all season – to Division One side BT Trimley in the Touchline Sports Cup – and Kirk sees no reason why the club can’t continue to progress up the SIL.

The club’s reserve side formed in 2010 from the disbanded Needham Market Veterans’ team, who were struggling to find a home ground.

Cedars Park Reserves finished runners-up in Division Six last season and have already been promoted this season. They lead FC Adhara by one point, and the two teams meet in a title showdown in their final match at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich on Saturday.

FC Adhara won 4-1 at Cedars Park earlier in the season – just one of two defeats they have suffered this term.

“A lot of hard work has gone into getting this far. You always have high hopes at the start of the season, but it is not often that everything comes together. If the reserves win the league on Saturday it will be the icing on the cake for the club,” added Abbott.

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