Suffolk Premier Cup final: Bury Town v Lowestoft Town

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BURY Town will be looking to complete a cup double when they take on Ryman League Premier Division rivals Lowestoft Town in the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road tonight (7pm).

The Blues meet the Trawlerboys for the fourth time this season, with Lowestoft currently holding a 2-1 winning record.

Bury’s only victory came in the Alan Boon Ryman League Cup semi-finals, a competition the west Suffolk outfit went on to win thanks to Mark Coulson’s 30-yard winner in the final against East Thurrock United.

Ahead of the game, Suffolk Football Association have released a statement pleading with fans to behave for what is set to be another-highly-charged derby clash.

The statement — signed by Bury chairman Russell Ward, Lowestoft chairman Gary Keyzor and Suffolk FA chief executive Phil Knight — said: “With two of the county’s most successful teams on show under the lights at Ipswich Town, this much-anticipated fixture has the potential to be one of the most memorable cup finals in the competition’s history.

“While the rivalry between the clubs is fierce and competitive, it is also respectful and measured and for all the effort that will be put into securing victory in the Premier Cup, both clubs are determined to provide a spectacle worthy of the county’s showpiece occasion.

“As such, Suffolk FA, Lowestoft Town FC and Bury Town FC request that supporters play their own part in making this year’s Premier Cup final an occasion to savour not just for the action on the field of play but also for the atmosphere in the Portman Road stand.

“Robust vocal support is encouraged and welcomed, but supporters are asked to refrain from any activity that may bring disrepute or embarrassment to either club, Ipwich Town FC or the competition.

“Lowestoft Town FC and Bury Town FC are proud to be contesting an occasion that demonstrates all that is good about football in the county.”

Bury manager Richard Wilkins confirmed his only expected absentees are those of suspended duo Tom Bullard and Danny Cunningham, and long-term knee injury victim Elliot Hunter.