Felixstowe United bid to reach first Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final

TWO-TIME Suffolk Senior Cup finalist Ian Watson will be aiming to inspire Felixstowe United to reach their first ever semi-final tomorrow.

Watson, who runs the side with assistant manager with Terry Rumens, was on both the winning and losing side for Grundisburgh during his playing career.

He believes his side will be underdogs against fellow SIL side Leiston St Margarets despite a five-match unbeaten league run and on the back of a morale-boosting win on New Year’s Eve.

Felixstowe staged a come-from-behind win to secure a 2-1 success at Ipswich Wanderers to banish the memory of their Touchline Sports Cup exit 4-1 to Grundisburgh just four days earlier.

Rumens said: “Saturday’s win has given us a big boost. We didn’t perform against Grundisburgh the way we have been, but the performance against Ipswich Athletic has set us up for the cup-tie.

Watson said: “We are underdogs - I put them down as favourites as they are a good cup side and we are away which gives them an advantage over us, although it could go either way.”

Felixstowe will be travelling on a team bus and Watson added: “It will be nice to get the boys to travel together for what is our biggest game of the season.”

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The visitors will be looking to strike pair Matt Morgan and Damian Pryke, who were both on target against Athletic, to fire them to victory while acknowledging that Saints’ duo James Blades and Darren Harper are two of the best strikers in the league.

Watson said: “Morgan has now scored 12 goals in his last eight games. Woodbridge Athletic and Hadleigh United have both come in for him, but he chose to stay with which was fantastic for us.”

With the possibility of three SIL sides reaching this season’s semi-finals Watson added: “People knock the SIL at times, but it shows the strength of the league.”

Grundisburgh will arguably start favourites to defeat Ridgeons League Division One side Stowmarket Town while Achilles travel to higher-league Long Melford.

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