Stanway Rovers bid to lift Ridgeons League Cup for second time in four years

STANWAY Rovers will tomorrow attempt to lift the Ridgeons League Cup for the second time in four seasons.

The Essex side won the competition in 2009, defeating Leiston 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw at Diss Town, the venue for this afternoon’s final against Norwich United.

The two sides appear evenly matched on paper, Stanway finishing fifth and Norwich United ninth in the Premier Division, with honours ending even with a victory apiece when coming head-to-head.

Steve Pitt, who took over as Stanway boss at the start of the season, said: “We won up there and they won at our place. They are a very experienced side, who are physically quite strong.

“It will be an interesting encounter, and we have prepared as well as we can do and hopefully it will be an enjoyable afternoon.”

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Tomorrow’s final, kick-off 3pm at Brewers Green Lane, is the last senior match to be played under the banner of the Ridgeons League, after eight years as sponsors of the Eastern Counties League.

It was announced on Friday that Thurlow Nunn Vauxhall, a division of the Thurlow Nunn Group, are to take over for the next three years.

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Pitt said: “It is not really something I have given a lot of thought to. The Holy Grail is to win the trophy under whatever guise it is, although I suppose win or lose the club’s name will be etched in history.”

Rovers will be without the suspended Lee Townrow and Ray Turner, who has been struggling with a niggling injury to both groins. Michael Fitzgibbon is doubtful after turning an ankle and Russell Moulton has had an ankle problem since the home match against Norwich United on March 10.

Pitt said philosophically: “At the end of the day it is a fact of life that you are likely to have injuries at this stage of the season, but it gives me the opportunity to bring in a couple of lads from our reserves.”

For updates from the final follow Nick Garnham on Twitter @Nick_Garnham

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