POLL: Which SIL team will progress the furthest in Suffolk Senior Cup?
PUBLISHED: 16:12 05 December 2013 | UPDATED: 16:12 05 December 2013
Capel Plough boss Archie Arnold knows his side will be up against it when they visit Suffolk Senior Cup holders Ipswich Wanderers in the quarter-finals this weekend.
Capel are one of three SIL remaining in the historic competition but have been handed arguably the toughest draw of the lot.
“It’ll be a huge ask for us to win,” admitted Arnold.
“They’re big favourites to get to the final but we go there with absolutely nothing to lose.
“It’s a one-off game and if we perform well and they don’t then we have a chance.”
Arnold’s men’s preparation for the encounter hasn’t been helped after a growing list of injuries.
“We’re down to the bare bones if I’m being honest,” admitted Arnold.
“When we struggle with injuries, we really do struggle.
“We have a relatively small squad and it does affect us a bit.”
One player Arnold may to have to call upon is his managing partner in crime, Pat Tynan.
“We’ve been a bit short of defensive cover after Matt Easton’s absence so Pat played last week and probably will Saturday,” said Arnold.
“He celebrated his 40th birthday last week and can always be relied on in an emergency.
“His experience in such a big game will be crucial for us and like I say it’s a one-off game so you never know.”
Arnold continued: “It will be a good experience for the players playing against higher opposition and I hope we do ourselves justice.
“Wanderers went into extra-time in the week so I hope that helps us.”
With fellow SIL sides Achilles and Grundisburgh also in the last eight of the competition, Arnold is hoping all three can progress into the last four.
“It would be fantastic if all three of us could get into the semi-finals,”said Arnold.
“We all start against higher league opposition but will all be looking to fly the SIL flag high.”
Capel reached the final in 2010 before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Team Bury and Arnold is dreaming of another return.
“It would be amazing to go back to Portman Road again,” said Arnold.
“You don’t get many chances to play there and when you are only two games away you can’t help but get excited.
“Everyone at the club loved the experience and run-up to the 2010 success and we all want to do it again and again.”
In the remaining quarter-final ties, Achilles host Debenham while Haverhill Borough travel to Whitton United.