REACTION: Crane Sports manager on Senior Cup defeat

Cranes manager Iain Radnor

Cranes manager Iain Radnor - Credit: James Ager

Lakenheath manager Kevin Sobiechowski praised his team after their 3-0 victory put them into the Suffolk Senior Cup final.

Tony Wright, James Morley and Luke Catchpole scored the goals to end Crane Sports’ run and the victorious boss was delighted.

“We knew we had to match them one-on-one as they are obviously a good side having lost only once this season,” said Sobiechowski.

“Then we believed that our ability would shine through.”

Cranes missed a number of chances while just a goal behind and Sobiechowski believes this had a big bearing on the result.

“The difference between the two sides was that we took our chances and they missed theirs,” he added.

Sobiechowski believes that Lakenheath have been gradually getting stronger since he took over and says that a league and cup double is still on, though it will be a difficult thing to achieve.

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“I believe that we have the strongest first choice 11 in our league, however with work commitments it will be difficult to get them to play all the remaining games especially with a run of midweek matches,” he said.

“I joined the club a year after their last senior cup final appearance so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to win it.”

His counterpart Iain Radnor agreed with Sobiechowski’s assessment but was critical of the playing surface at Stowmarket Town’s ground.

“The pitch made things very difficult for both sides and did not suit any attempt to play good football,” he said.

“I hope the final can be contested on something better.

“However, I don’t want to use this as an excuse and wish Lakenheath all the best for the final.”

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