Blues star aiming to make up for lost time

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Bury Town winger and former Ipswich Town schoolboy Tevan Allen has been 
dreaming of scoring at 
Portman Road tomorrow.

The Blues youngster was on Ipswich Town’s books as an under-8 until he was released as an under-14, but never played on the hallowed turf.

However, that should change on Saturday when he is expected to line-up for Suffolk Under-18s against Lancashire in the final of the FA County Youth Cup.

The 17-year-old is now in his first year at Bury Football School at West Suffolk College, and made his Suffolk debut earlier this season.

He has featured regularly since scoring in that second-round 6-1 victory against Berks and Bucks at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow ground.

And during a visit to Portman Road along with his Suffolk team mates ahead of Saturday’s final, Allen admitted: “I can’t wait for Saturday.

“It will definitely be the biggest game that I have played in my life. It would mean the world to me to win.

“I don’t want to walk out of this ground after losing. All of us will be striving to win.”

Meanwhile, Needham Market’s Brendon Heath is hoping tomorrow’s final can prove the old adage that good things come in threes.

Heath, who was recently voted as Suffolk FA Under-18s’ player of the season, also scored his first senior goal for Needham Market on Monday in the 2-1 defeat to Soham Town Rangers.

And now the 18-year-old is hoping to cap his season off with a winner’s medal in tomorrow’s showpiece event.

Heath said of winning the player-of-the-season award: “I was not expecting it. I was buzzing when I was told – it didn’t seem real and I felt so happy about it.”

“This is probably the best season I have had so far, especially with everything that has happened recently coming at the end of it.

“If you had said to me at the beginning of the season that I would be playing at Portman Road with all the best players in the county I would not have believed it, but it is great to be here.

“I am sure the boys will all stick together and see it through to the end and get the win.”

Heath will not be the only Needham player on show tomorrow with the Marketmen boasting no fewer than nine players among the squad.

Along with Heath, James Bradbrook, John Carver, Ben Hope, Adam Mills, Brendon Heath, Harrison Ford, Ace Howell, Matt Poxon and Sam Thrower could all feature as the strength of the club’s academy is demonstrated.

n Tomorrow’s final kicks-off at 2pm with admission for adults being £5 and for under-16s at £1.