Lowestoft sides clash in Suffolk Junior Cup final tonight
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TWO Lowestoft teams both in with a chance of completing a treble this season meet in the John Banks Suffolk Junior Cup final tonight.
Oulton Broad, who play in Division One of the Lowestoft & District League, face Anglian Combination Division Four side Waveney at Portman Road, kick-off 7pm.
Oulton Broad, who won the competition in 1963, will be bidding for the second leg of a possible treble.
They have won Division One of the Lowestoft & District League, winning all 18 matches, and are also in the league cup final on a date to be arranged.
Joint manager Darren Moore said: “Our aim now has to be to win the treble as that will mean we have gone unbeaten all season.”
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Moore used to manage the side eight years ago and after suffering relegation from Division Two the club won successive promotions before he packed up and the team subsequently folded.
However, Oulton Broad re-formed this season, with Moore and former Lowestoft Town striker Gary McGee as joint managers.
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McGee is joined in the team by former Kirkley & Pakefield stalwarts Paul Highfield and Leon Harewood.
Ian Barber is a former Lowestoft Town goalkeeper while 43-year-old centre back Gary Boyd won this competition with Hearts of Oak in 2004.
Moore said: “We have some experienced players coming to the end of their careers. I have seen Waveney play twice and they are a much younger side than us.
“We like to get the ball down and play while they will be trying to use their speed up front and get in behind us, but I have total faith in our lads to pull it off.”
Moore, who was twice a losing semi-finalist in this competition in his previous spell as manager, added: “I am hoping it will be third time lucky for myself and those lads who were also in that team.”
Waveney, who have four matches remaining, sit second in Division Four of the Anglian Combination two points behind leaders South Walsham but with a game in hand.
On Friday night they defeated Earsham 4-1 in the CS Morley Cup final, which is the league cup competed for by teams from divisions four, five and six of the Anglian Combination.
George Millington, who is in his third season as manager, said: “It is nice to get one of the three trophies on the board, but the Junior Cup final is the biggest game in the club’s history since starting in junior football 35 years ago.
“All our players are younger than their players – I have played with the majority of their side – and we have made several signing this season who have made our squad stronger.
“The fact that they are unbeaten this season means a lot of people will see them as favourites, but it is about what happens on the day.
“We will give it a good go and are quietly confident the fact that we are a younger side will work to our advantage.”
Millington himself played for Kirkley & Pakefield – the club where Daniel Tacon and Ross Brown made their names on the non-league scene.