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Walsham will do whatever it takes to end trophy drought

GUNNING FOR GLORY: Walsham-le-Willows' top goalscorer Andrew Wood will be hoping to add to his 33 goal tally in Monday's League Challenge Cup final
GUNNING FOR GLORY: Walsham-le-Willows' top goalscorer Andrew Wood will be hoping to add to his 33 goal tally in Monday's League Challenge Cup final

Walsham-le-Willows boss Paul Smith is desparate to end the club’s eight-year trophy drought by lifting the League Challenge Cup on Monday.

The Willows face Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division champions Norwich United in the final, which is being played at Diss Town, on Monday (3pm).

And ahead of their clash with the runaway leaders, Smith has called for his side to cause an upset in the Thurlow Nunn League-exclusive competition.

“I’m desparate to win and will do whatever it takes,” Smith said. “The players are going to give it their all, and hopefully we will get that bit of luck.

“We all know it’s going to be a difficult game, Norwich have scored lots of goals this season.

“They are strong going forwards so we will need to stop the balls going through to the frontmen.”

Walsham’s last piece of silverware came back in the 2006/07 season, winning the First Division title a year after lifting the Suffolk Senior Cup.

But the Summer Road-based outfit have made just one semi-final cup appearance since, with Monday set to be their first outing in the final of the League Challenge Cup.

“The reason you play football is to get into these situations,” Smith said.

“I was fortunate as aplayer to win a lot of trophies, and once you get into that habit, even as manager, you want to keep winning them.”

Before Monday’s final, the Willows (16th) host FC Clacton in their last league game of the season tomorrow (3pm), which is being promoted as a ‘pay what you want’ match.

n Mildenhall Town (11th) can still finish in the top 10 despite a 1-0 defeat at Felixstowe and Walton United at the weekend.

Dean Greygoose’s men host Ipswich Wanderers tomorrow (3pm), and can move into the top half if they win and 10th-placed Whitton United fail to beat Kirkley and Pakefield.

n Thetford Town (14th) will be looking to end their season on a high when they visit Stanway Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

Robbie Priddle’s late equaliser snatched a point for the Brecklanders against Wivenhoe Town on Saturday, which as a result relegated their opponents into the First Division.

n Stowmarket Town (11th) secured their highest finish in the First Division for four years after beating Cornard United 3-1 at the weekend.

Goals from Ben Deacon (two) and Alex Breadman ensured Stow finished the season with a win, and leapfrogged Team Bury (12th) who had no games left to play.

n Needham Market Reserves (16th) finished their season with a flourish, beating Braintree Town Reserves 2-0 last Friday night.

Kyle Ferguson and Kyran Field netted for the Marketmen to record a third consecutive win.

n A benefit match held last week by Walsham-le-Willows raised more than £2,000 to help support David Bloomfield’s rehabilitation from a brain tumour.


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