Whitton United manager Paul Bugg would sacrifice everything for third place and promotion into the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Whitton boss Paul Bugg who has overseen his side's march into the semi-finals of the First Division

Whitton boss Paul Bugg who has overseen his side's march into the semi-finals of the First Division Knock-Out Cup - Credit: Archant

Although excellently positioned and poised for treble success this season, Whitton United boss Paul Bugg has admitted that there’s only one thing that matters to his side this year – promotion.

The Greens currently sit in second position in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, as well as being in the semi-finals of the Suffolk FA Senior Cup and the quarter-finals of the First Division Knock-Out Cup, in which they travel to Swaffham Town, weather permitting, tomorrow.

Despite being in such a healthy position, Bugg would give everything up provided his team won promotion to the Premier Division at the end of the current campaign.

“As far as I’m concerned, third place is all we want,” said Bugg.

“I’m not sure will happen in regards to teams in the Premier Division next year after CRC announced their withdrawal but one thing’s for sure, we want to be in it.

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“No disrespect to the Senior Cup and the League Cup – they’re great competitions and ones that we’ll respect while we’re in, but promotion and third place in the table is very much the aim for us this season.

“I’ve said from the start that we’re aiming for third, that will be enough to take us up.

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“Finishing there would be like a cup win or a title triumph to us.

“I’d much rather just do that and get promoted than win both cup competitions and not go up.

“Obviously if we’re able to win all three then that’s great, but I can’t stress enough about gaining promotion.

“I don’t care how we do it, I just want us to do it.

“And if we do go up, then I can guarantee that we would stay up, 100%.”

Like many other non-league games this weekend, Whitton’s quarter-final tie at fellow First Division high-flyers Swaffham will be subject to a pitch inspection.

In the Knock-Out Cup’s other last eight encounters, Dereham Town reserves host Debenham LC while Braintree Town reserves travel to Saffron Walden Town.

Stowmarket Town will also entertain a Great Yarmouth Town side who parted company with manager Mike Derbyshire in the week.

Derbyshire – who oversaw one of the most turbulent periods in the club’s 117-year history - was axed by interim chairman Len Beresford on Monday evening.

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