IPSWICH Town fan Marco Crescitelli admits it would be a dream come true to manage his Bartons side at Portman Road.
The St Edmundsbury League Division One outfit have a fantastic chance to do just when they face Pakefield Re-United at Old Newton United’s Church Road ground tomorrow (2.15pm).
The pair will be battling for a spot in the final of the Suffolk Junior Cup — traditionally held at the home of the Tractor Boys.
“There is a massive incentive with the final being at Portman Road — the lure is huge,” said Crescitelli. “Being an Ipswich Town fan myself, I would absolutely love to manage there.”
Bartons — who play their home matches at Northumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds — warmed up for the tie with an 11-1 trouncing of Bury Rovers on Saturday, with strikers Callum Brown and Carl Hills both netting hat-tricks.
They are expected to line up in attack again tomorrow, with defenders Leo Gifford and Aaron Marsden and central midfielder Scott Rutterford also part of a strong Bartons spine.
But Cordell Jackson (cup-tied) and Ashley Hayhoe (unavailable) will miss out.
Meanwhile, Stowmarket-based Cedars Park had to play top scorer Stephen Holland in goal for a period of the second half after losing their regular custodian to injury during their 3-1 success over Aldeburgh Town in their Suffolk Primary Cup semi-final at Framlingham Town’s Badingham Road ground on Saturday.
Holland had already played his part in attack, levelling the score for Park after Aldeburgh had taken the lead.
Tom Jacobs fired the Suffolk and Ipswich League (SIL) Division Four side into the lead midway through the second period and substitute Tom Lancaster wrapped up their route to the final.
Manager Andrew Kirk — whose side face SIL Division Two’s AFC Crowley in the showpiece — said: “I’m absolutely delighted — we played really well.
“The final will be a massive local derby. We’ve beaten their reserves twice in the league this season, but we will start as massive underdogs against a team from two divisions higher.”
AFC Crowley, from Needham Market, needed extra-time to overcome Glemsford and Cavendish Reserves at Cornard United’s Blackhouse Lane on Saturday.
Dale Rozier scored the winner with 10 minutes remaining after Kevin Folkard had cancelled out Glemsford’s early opener during the first period of extra-time.
“The final with Cedars will be tasty,” said boss Neil Coltart.
“They are a good team and I think they could play a lot higher with the team they have got.”
In the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup, Needham Market Reserves take on their Kirkley and Pakefield counterparts in a semi-final tie at Bungay Town tomorrow (2.15pm).
On Sunday, Gym United will be hoping to move a step closer to retaining the Suffolk Sunday Cup when they take on Belstead Arms at Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucy Lane on Sunday (10.30am).
Black Boy take on Redgrave Rangers B and Cockfield United face Haverhill Ex-Servicemen’s Club in the last four of the Suffolk Sunday trophy, at Walsham-le-Willows’ Summer Road home and Newmarket Town’s Town Ground, respectively, on Sunday (10.30am).
Bury Town Under-15s were due to host Sizewell and Knodishall in the last four of the Suffolk Under-15s Cup at Stowmarket Town’s Greens Meadow last night, while Moreton Hall Under-13s take on Woodbridge Town Under-13s at the same venue this coming Sunday (2.15pm).