BARTONS will be aiming to complete a magnificent quadruple when they take to the pitch at Portman Road for the first time in their history on Tuesday (7pm).
The Glasswells St Edmundsbury League Division One outfit have already won the Division One title, Mick McNeill Cup and Division One Knockout Cup, the latter of which they clinched with a 4-0 win over the Glad Abbott at Ram Meadow on Monday night thanks to a hat-trick from Callum Brown and a strike by Ashley Hayhoe.
However, they will be the underdogs against Suffolk and Ipswich League (SIL) Division One team Westerfield United when they do battle for the Suffolk Junior Cup at the 30,000-seater home of npower Championship club Ipswich Town.
“It’s a bit surreal, “said Bartons boss Marco Crescitelli. “At our level you don’t expect to get to Portman Road.”
The SIL provides a path into the Ridgeons League through its Senior Division, a league 2002 Junior Cup winners Westerfield United narrowly missed out on promotion to this campaign.
Crescitelli – who along with player Lee Maginn represent the only Ipswich-supporting elements of the Bartons squad – admitted he was proud of his side to reach the final, but was desperate to claim some more silverware.
“We have had a cracking season and the players deserve everything they have achieved so far,” he said. “To enjoy the occasion would be good, but it would be even nicer to walk away with the trophy.
“Everyone is really looking forward to it, especially as we have got the home changing room as well.
“Westerfield should have some fans following them because they are quite a well-known team around Ipswich and hopefully there should be a few people coming from Bury to cheers us on.
“It’s not often you get a team from the town getting this far in the competition, so hopefully we can do ourselves, Bury and the league proud.”
Bartons, who play their home games at Northumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds, have a fully-fit squad for the game, but will have to do without electric-quick winger Cordell Jackson (cup-tied).
Hayhoe, Carl Hills, Craig Pinches or Jonny Eldridge may replace Jackson on the left, although the latter has been in such strong form in the middle of the park alongside Scott Rutterford that Crescitelli is unlikely to disrupt his engine room.
Goalkeeper and captain James Curtis will lead the side out at Portman Road, but will be hoping for a quiet evening, with player-of-the-year contenders Leo Gifford and Aaron Marsen keeping tight in front of him.
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