Unlikely plot behind Suffolk FA Primary Cup Final between Witnesham Wasps and FC Adhara
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Some might feel this year’s Suffolk FA Primary Cup final between Witnesham Wasps and FC Adhara is akin to an unlikely plot from a film.
The pair meet tonight at Woodbridge Town’s Notcutts Park with a 7.30 kick-off, but in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Unbelievably, both of these sides were originally knocked out of the competition in the semi-finals – only to be reinstated afterwards as it emerged that both oppositions had fielded ineligible players in an early round of the competition.
On February 22, SIL Division Four side Witnesham were comfortably defeated 3-1 against AFC Hoxne reserves, while Division Three side FC Adhara were excruciatingly knocked out on penalties against Kirkley & Pakefield ‘B’.
Both side’s cup dreams were seemingly over, but both Hoxne and Kirkley had fielded ineligible players earlier in the competition, leaving Suffolk FA no choice but to kick them out and reinstate the Wasps and Adhara.
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The news still surprises Witnesham Wasps assistant manager Lewis Tipping as he explained.
“We’re all still shocked at the outcome,” he said.
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“To be fair, we had no complaints about going out – Hoxne were better than us on the day and beat us fair and square on the day.
“A few days later though, I received an email from Suffolk FA stating that we were in the final!
“I had to ring them up to see if they’d made an admin error but they hadn’t, I thought bloody hell, I couldn’t believe our luck.”
Witnesham, second in Division Four, go into tonight’s encounter with Adhara, top of Division Three, as the underdogs but are relishing the opportunity to play in the final of such a big competition.
“It’s the final of the two losing semi-finalists if you like but we cannot wait,” added Tipping.
“Having played Adhara twice last season and lost (6-2 and 1-0), we’re aware of the very good attacking players they have but we’ll go there, graft away, work hard and see where we end up.”
Adhara boss Dean Johnson knows that the all pressure will be on his side to win but he is confident his side has what it takes to deal with the expectations.
“It won’t be an easy game for us,” he said. “We’re not guaranteed to win. It’s a cup game, it’s a one-off and anything can happen.”