Haughley United manager Jason Cook says his players have been spurred on by a potential cup final at Portman Road.
Having knocked out Suffolk & Ipswich League rivals Crane Sports in the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Senior Cup, Cook’s men will now face Cornard United on Saturday at Haverhill Rovers’ New Croft ground (3pm).
The Ards are a step above Haughley on English football’s pyramid, but Ipswich-supporting Cook is hopeful that the lure of running out on a Championship pitch will help to get his side through.
“The Suffolk Senior Cup is a fantastic competition wherever the final is, but Portman Road is an added incentive,” he said.
“It would be unbelievable to walk my team out on that turf and a really proud moment.
“A number of the lads are Ipswich fans and there has been a real buzz about the place in recent weeks.
“But we are under no illusions that there is still plenty of work to do before we get there.”
Haughley will take some positive form into the encounter, having lost just once since January 30, winning eight times.
Last weekend, Anglian Combination side Waveney beat Haverhill Borough on penalties to book their place in the final, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.
n In the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, Thetford Town boosted their survival chances by winning 1-0 away at fellow strugglers Ipswich Wanderers last Saturday.
Tonight, Danny White’s men, who are two points above the bottom three, play host to Gorleston (7.45pm).
n Walsham-le-Willows also eased their relegation fears thanks to a 1-1 draw with promotion-hopefuls Stanway.
The two sides will meet again tomorrow (3pm), this time at Stanway’s The Hawthorns ground.
n Sixth-placed Mildenhall Town were given the weekend off, while new signing Ben Sawyer scored on duty for the Under-21s.
The first team return to action tomorrow with a home clash against Haverhill Rovers (3pm).