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Stowmarket Town, Haughley United and Mundford chase further glory

Stowmarket Town, Haughley United and Mundford are all just 90 minutes away from adding to their trophy cabinets — with Stow’s manager set to take sleeping with the cup to a new level.

The Old Gold and Blacks take on Haverhill Borough in the final of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup tonight (7.45pm) at Mildenhall Town FC.

And ahead of the team’s first cup final in nine years, Andrews has indicated how he would celebrate winning his first trophy as Stowmarket manager.

“If we get the win I’m sleeping at the club! I’ve already told my wife, she said ‘don’t be so stupid’,” he said.

“I’ll sleep in the goalmouth with the trophy! I just hope we can do it. It would be fantastic if we could get the win.”

Stow completed their First Division campaign with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to second bottom Team Bury last Thursday, which meant they finished 14th in the table, three places lower than the previous campaign.

But now the players have a chance to write a piece of positive history.

“We’ve beaten King’s Lynn Town Reserves, Ely City and Halstead to get to the final. I think we’ve earned our right to be there and I believe you’ll see a Stowmarket team that will work their socks off.”

Suffolk & Ipswich League side Haughley United will be aiming to cap a memorable cup journey — which saw them beat higher-league Cornard United in the semi-final — by seeing off Anglian Combination side Waveney to lift the Suffolk Senior Cup at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road on Wednesday night (7pm).

Manager Jason Cook said: “To lift the Senior Cup would be fantastic but to lift it at Portman Road would be really special. A number of players are Ipswich fans, the secretary and vice president of the club are as well, I used to go as a boy so it is going to be a fantastic day out for everyone.”

Just 24 hours later Mundford will be hoping to complete an historic treble by beating Anglian Combination Division Two Breckland rivals East Harling at Norwich City’s Carrow Road (7.30pm).

But manager Stephen Gathercole insists they are not the favourites, despite having done the double over Harling in the league and already beaten them in a cup final, in the Cyril Ballyn Cup final only a week ago yesterday.

“No, not at all,” he said. “It is a case of on the day whichever team turns up and wants it more. Past results do not have any bearing.”

The Stags just have to avoid defeat by a 13 goal margin in their last league game, at Yelverton tomorrow (2.30pm), to sew up the title from Attleborough Town, with Harling set to finish in third place.

Meanwhile, in Saturday’s conclusion to the Thurlow Nunn League season, Thetford Town were relegated from the Premier Division, losing 3-1 at Felixstowe & Walton United.

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