Portman Road final in sight for Sporting 87

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Sporting 87 will have their sights firmly set on the Suffolk Junior Cup final at Portman Road as they prepare to face Oulton Broad in the semi-finals tomorrow (2.15pm).

The match will be held at Bungay Town’s Maltings Meadow and manager Jonathan Warnock is looking forward to what will be a big occasion for the Bury St Edmunds-based side.

“It’s been a very successful year for the club and it is a massive day for us,” said the Sporting 87 manager. “We’re playing Oulton Broad and everybody is saying that they are the strongest club, but it’s a semi-final and will be decided by whichever side turns up on the day.”

Warnock also praised his squad as they approach the Oulton Broad clash, and is happy with their strength in depth.

“I think one of our strengths is we’ve got a squad of about 16 and their availability is good,” added Warnock, whose side play their home matches at the Victory Ground. “One of our other strengths is the experience we have, and we have at least eight players that have over 100 appearances for us.

“Everyone knows that Floyd Croll is exceptional, and we’ve got plenty of important players, with Sam Marsden, Ryan Hyden and Chris Steele all being key.”

The winner will go on to face either Saxmundham Sports or Waveney in the final, which will be held at Ipswich Town’s home ground.

n Meanwhile, Suffolk Primary Cup holders Cedars Park are into their second consecutive final, where they will meet Red Lodge.

The Stowmarket-based side – who defeated AFC Crowley 2-1 at Needham Market’s Bloomfields ground – overcame Aldeburgh Town 4-3 after extra-time, while Red Lodge edged out Somersham Town 1-0.