Team Bury start favourites at Portman Road

TEAM Bury will be easing off on the celebrations if they beat Capel Plough in the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup at Portman Road tonight (MON) (kick-off 7pm).

The majority of the squad will be playing in the English Colleges FA National Play-Off quarter-final at Filton College, Bristol on Wednesday.

Ridgeons League Team Bury will start favourites against their Kingsley Healthcare SIL opponents tonight.

They were formed in 2005 and apart from one year when they finished eighth in the Border League Premier Division, have been promoted in each season

They have surpassed many people’s expectations and began the weekend eighth in Division One.

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“It has been a phenomenal year and quite beyond anything we expected,” said joint manager Neil Reader.

“In all honesty we were hoping to not have the indignity of finishing bottom in our first year at this level.

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“The youngsters have acquitted themselves very well and at times have looked very comfortable.

“Most have the potential to go on and play at a much higher level and no doubt some will.”

The team is more or less entirely made up of students from West Suffolk College Sports Academy with the addition of Ricky Cornish, Jonny Miller and Andrew Wood down the spine of the team.

“We started the season fairly well but since Ricky signed in October we haven’t looked back,” added Reader.

Joint Manager with Reader is Dean Greygoose, who has a vast amount of experience having appeared in three FA Vase finals for AFC Sudbury

Team Bury have faced SIL opposition in every round. Stowupland and Ipswich Athletic were both beaten 3-1 and then Coplestonians 2-1. It was the same score in the semi-final against Grundisburgh.

Archie Arnold, who is joint Capel manager with Sean Tynan, says that he is happy that Team Bury will start favourites.

“We are seen as the poor relations of the SIL because of our robust style of play and facilities, which are a world away from Bury’s,” said Arnold.

“We have a collection of village lads who play for nothing and will do anything for the club; something I feel is often missing nowadays.

“We’ve been underdogs every round and having watched Team Bury a couple of times we are under no illusions how hard a task we face.”

Tonight’s squads

Capel Plough: Hunt, Morrison, Fuller, Albins, Easton, P Tynan, K Donovan, Wall, Arnold, Mayhew, Thurlow, Wilshaw, Dorward, Collins, Bradford, Rawthorn, Gaston.

Team Bury: Boreham, Clarke, Cornish, Curry, Greygoose, Hardwick, Henry, Hitching, Howe, Ingram, Miller, Nugent, Peters, Pope, Steed, Warren, Winfield, Wood.

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