Suffolk Premier Cup final preview: Bury Town v Leiston
Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is not expecting opponents Leiston to be suffering a hangover when they meet in the Omni Freight Services Suffolk Premier Cup Final tomorrow night, writes Nick Garnham.
His Bostik League North Division side meet Leiston, who last Thursday saw their Premier Division play-off hopes ended by a 1-0 defeat to Dulwich Hamlet, in the final at Portman Road, kick-off 7.30pm.
Chenery said: “I think it would have helped us more if they had won and gone on to get promoted as they will now want to finish the season on a high.
“Although they will be disappointed they didn’t go any further (manager) Glenn Driver and (assistant manager) Tony Kinsella will have them ready for Wednesday.
“Their players will want to get their boots back on and play in a cup final.”
Chenery said of Bury’s opponents: “I am mindful they are a very good side who play good football and are very positive when attacking and full of intensity.
“I would not be doing my job if we didn’t try to counteract that threat, but we also need to play our own brand of football that we are used to and comfortable with.
“We beat Needham Market (on penalties) in the semi-final and it is an achievable step in a one-off game to come out on top.
Chenery said it was ‘touch and go’ as to whether goalkeeper Luis Tibbles, who has had an ankle injury, will be fit. Ben Mayhew is on standby to deputise.
“We are the underdogs, which we like to be, and it is a huge occasion for the players and fans. Training has been full of intensity and there has been a good buzz around the club.”
However, Tevan Allen, who has had an ankle injury but played 20 minutes in Bury’s final game of the season against Haringey Borough, and Ryan Jolland (groin) should both be fit.
Leiston saw their promotion hopes extinguished with a 1-0 defeat to Dulwich Hamlet in Thursday’s play-off semi-final, but boss Driver is confident his players will be ready to go again.
He said: “We are a very tightknit group and I said to the boys after Thursday I was proud of them for finishing fifth in the league
“We have made history this season with our highest league finish, most points and most wins and our gates are also up – so we want to now finish off on a high.
“I don’t think I will have to pick the players up too much as they are all very professional how they go about their business as they have shown across 50 games this season.
“We have finished as Suffolk’s top non-league side and none of the likes of Lowestoft, who have had their troubles, Needham Market and AFC Sudbury have won any silverware, so we have the chance to be the only team at our level to do so.”
Guest of Honour at the final will be Roger Osborne, who 40 years ago to the week scored the winning goal for Ipswich Town in the 1978 FA Cup Final against Arsenal.
Bury Town squad: Luis Tibbles, David Cooper, Tevan Allen, Ollie Fenn, Joe White, Kyran Clements, John Kennedy, Noel Aitkens, Cemal Ramadan, Ollie Hughes, Tommy Robinson, Joe Yaxley, Ben Mayhew, Jed Wigley, Ryan Yallop, Josh Revell, Harry Moore.
Leiston squad: Marcus Garnham, Kyle Hammond, Seb Dunbar, Jack Ainsley, Joe Jefford, Tom Bullard, Chris Henderson, Patrick Brothers, Jake Reed, Christy Finch, Byron Lawrence, Dominic Docherty, Joe Marsden, Matt Blake, Rob Eagle, Charlie Beckwith.
Admission to tomorrow’s final is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions which applies to OAPS and children aged under-16.
Pre-school children accompanied by an adult will be admitted for £1. A souvenir programme, priced £1, will be on sale.