Westerfield United bid to cause cup upset

Westerfield United celebrate their Suffolk Junior Cup final victory at Portman Road last season

Westerfield United celebrate their Suffolk Junior Cup final victory at Portman Road last season - Credit: Archant

WESTERFIELD United joint manager Bernie Fenn admitted he was unaware that tomorrow’s Bob Coleman Cup quarter-final opponents Crane Sports are on a poor run.

Crane’s have not won in the Touchline SIL Senior Division for 11 games in a run stretching back five months to the middle of October.

They also suffered a 4-0 loss to Ipswich Wanderers in the semi-finals of the LB Group Suffolk Senior Cup last month.

Fenn, whose side are the Suffolk Junior Cup holders, said: “It is definitely a good time to be playing them and I would be lying if I said otherwise, but I had no idea how they have been doing – I have enough to worry about with Westerfield United!”

The Swans currently sit second in Division One, after surrendering top spot a fortnight ago following a 1-0 defeat at Wenhaston United, who leapfrogged them.

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Fenn, who is currently recovering from a hip operation, said: “Winning promotion is 100 per cent our priority. We have mixed the side up in cup games, but I am not sure that really works as players like to know if they are playing.

“This cup is important. We had a good run last year before losing on penalties in the quarter-finals to East Bergholt.

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“We gave a good account of ourselves over 120 minutes and lost on the fifth penalty – we hit the bar and they scored.”

Joint manager Mick Bak has taken on more responsibility in the absence of Fenn, who said: “Mick and I like to pitch ourselves against Senior opposition and see what we can do.

“Crane’s are a good side with good players, but it is a level playing field and if we turn up on the day it will be a tight game. We have the utmost respect for them, so we will be going in with our eyes open, and know we will be under siege at times.

“But hopefully we can knock one in and defend well.

“We know where the goal is and in Julian Beaumont have a player who still has goals written all over him.

“Julian and Jamie Sandilands both work hard for the team as well as scoring goals,” added Fenn.

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