Haughley United manager in determined mood ahead of Crane Sports Bob Coleman Cup clash


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Haughley United manager Jason Cook is desperate to see the club lift the Bob Coleman Cup for a fourth time, and go one better than last season.

Cook is in his second season in charge of the SIL Senior Division side and led them to last season’s final where they lost 4-2 to Ipswich Athletic.

Haughley currently are sixth in the Senior Division table, and while they are unlikely to win the league, they still have a chance to get their hands on silverware this season, when they host Crane Sports tomorrow in the semi-final.

“The Bob Coleman Cup is a massive competition,” said Cook.

“We want to get our hands on it, having gone to the final and lost, last season.

“It’s big to our plans and we want to right the wrongs of last season where we put in a poor performance against a very good side who ended up winning three trophies.

“We couldn’t take anything away from them but we could have done a lot more, so we have that in mind.”

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Haughley have already defeated Cranes at home in the league this season, drawing away, and eventually went through on penalties at the quarter final stage of the Suffolk Senior Cup.

A hat-trick of victories tomorrow would put United back in the final and possibly set up another showdown between Cook and Achilles’ manager Luke Hillyard, who was in charge of Ipswich Athletic’s success last season.

However, Achilles will have to overcome a buoyant AFC Kesgrave & Willis team, who are third in Division Two, but well placed for promotion, given the amount of games in hand they have on the top two sides, Trimley Red Devils and Stowupland Falcons.

“It would be nice to go head-to-head with Luke (Hillyard) on the touchline again and that is a bit of an incentive,” explained Cook,

“But my priority is my players and making sure we put in a good performance.

“We will be missing a few players through injuries and suspensions, but we have got good strength in depth and the game gives a few of the other players in the squad a chance to step up and hold on to the shirt.”

Haughley go into the game having won six of their last eight games in all competitions, while Cranes, third from top and still in with a shout of winning the title, are unbeaten in the league since October.

Elsewhere tomorrow in the Senior Division, Ipswich Valley Rangers host Felixstowe Harpers United, Leiston St Margarets are at home to Grundisburgh and Wenhaston United entertain Bramford United.

Senior Division leaders East Bergholt host Capel Plough on Monday.

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