Ingram’s wish for FA Cup tie with United is to come true

FOOTBALL - Needham Market v AFC Sudbury in the FA cup''Pictured: Michael N'Cho (S) and Luke Ingram (N)
FOOTBALL - Needham Market v AFC Sudbury in the FA cup''Pictured: Michael N'Cho (S) and Luke Ingram (N)

Needham Market’s Luke Ingram is hoping to be part of a famous FA Cup shock after having his wish of facing Cambridge United granted this week.

The former Bury Town midfielder played a key role in the Marketmen’s third qualifying round success over rivals AFC Sudbury, opening the scoring in a 2-1 victory.

And after seeing his preferred opponents pulled out of the velvet bag in Monday’s draw, Ingram has set his sights on causing a shock against the Skrill Conference Premier leaders at Bloomfields on Saturday, October 26 (3pm).

“It will be a huge game for us and one I picked out before the draw,” he said.

“You always want to test yourselves against the best teams possible and that is what we’ve got.

“I just hope we give a good account of ourselves.

“We will be the underdogs, but that is what we’d rather be in a game like this — you don’t want to go out being the favourites.

“It will be a massively hard game for us, but stranger things have happened and the FA Cup is all about having a few surprises and shocks along the way.”

With a capacity crowd expected at Bloomfields for the tie, Ingram cannot wait to step out into the vociferous atmosphere.

“I can’t really describe the feeling of what it will be like walking out in front of more than 2,000 people,” he added.

“It is the reason we play.

“If you could bottle that feeling, it would be worth a fortune.”