Oulton Broad battling injuries ahead of Suffolk Junior Cup Final
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Suffolk FA Junior Cup specialists Oulton Broad have injury concerns ahead of Tuesday evening’s final.
The Lowestoft & District League Division One side will be bidding to lift the trophy for the third time in five seasons when they line-up against Bacton United 89.
Since winning the competition in both 2013 and 2014, Oulton Broad have been losing semi-finalists and quarter-finalists.
It is little wonder that their Touchline SIL Division One opponents consider themselves underdogs in the final at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, home of Colchester United FC, kick-off 7.30pm.
Oulton Broad finished runners-up in their league behind Mutford & Wrentham and have reached the cup final despite regular goalkeeper Dave Attridge being sidelined for three months.
Attridge, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury, trained last week, but the club have signed Elliott Reynolds as cover, even though he has not played for several months.
Centre back John Sorrell, who has deputised between the posts during their goalkeeping crisis, will act as back-up.
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However, Oulton Broad will be without John Attridge, who damaged knee ligaments in February, and Matt Harlow, who recently dislocated an ankle.
Gary Williams is on holiday as is assistant manager Carl Poppy, who took over at the start of the season along with Adam Boggis.
Poppy and Boggis were both in the Lowestoft Town squad that reached the FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium in 2008 along with Gary McGee, who is in the Oulton Broad squad for the final.
Boggis said: “I would like to be more confident, but we have injuries and players away – the final has fallen at a bad time for us.
“However, we had a similar situation when we beat Claydon in the final three years ago. I missed playing in the final myself as I had organised a stag do!”
Spectators can gain access to the ground from 6.30pm and admission to the final will be £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under-16s if accompanied by an adult.
A souvenir programme, priced just £1, will be on sale.