Senior Cup 'tie of the round' tonight

IPSWICH Wanderers are involved in the 'tie of the round' when they entertain Brantham Athletic in the second round of the Suffolk Senior Cup at Humber Doucy Lane tonight (kick-off 7.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Wanderers are involved in the 'tie of the round' when they entertain Brantham Athletic in the second round of the Suffolk Senior Cup at Humber Doucy Lane tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Both Ridgeons League clubs will be seeking to go all the way to the final that will be staged at Portman Road in the spring.

Brantham are highly placed in the First Division and are favourites to carry off the coveted trophy.


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But manager Tony Hall will be well aware that Steve Buckle's Wanderers will offer a stiff test tonight.

“They will be favourites,” said Buckle. “But we will be giving it a go in what is effectively our last chance of silverware this season.

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“We have been playing okay but have not enjoyed the best of luck, although you make your own luck in this game.”

Ace marksman Rene Swann will not be playing tonight as he has just become a father. Only available infrequently anyway because of shift work, he scored twice in the first round when Wanderers beat recent finalists Crane Sports.

Buckle will also be without Adam Bethell who has a groin problem and James Buckle, who has returned to the club but is cup-tied having played in the Suffolk Premier Cup for Hadleigh United.

Moving up the First Division table is also important to Buckle as they have to finish in the top 10 to qualify for next season's FA Cup - a competition that can prove lucrative.

“And it gives players a chance to play in the world's most glamorous club tournament,” added Buckle.

“With a settled side I'm sure things will turn around and that we will move up the table.

“But first we want to win what has been described as the tie of the round, and the conditions should be a leveller.”

Heavy rain caused the postponement of last Saturday's Wanderers home league game against Downham Town, and the pitch is set to be heavy.

SIL Ipswich Athletic have a chance to become giantkillers when they visit Ridgeons League Team Bury, while Achilles and Woodbridge Athletic come up against 'unknown' opposition from far flung leagues.

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