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Crane Sports will be rare underdogs against Haverhill Borough in Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final

Crane Sports manager, Iain Radnor

Crane Sports manager, Iain Radnor

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Tomorrow’s Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final will be a rarity for Crane Sports – Iain Radnor’s side will not be the favourites.

The current SIL Senior Division champions face in-form Thurlow Nunn Division One side Haverhill Borough, at Hadleigh United – the Ipswich side still not out of the running for the league title either.

“We are looking forward to the game, it’s great for us, and we don’t go into games as underdogs very often,” said Radnor.

“We are flying at the moment, but the pressure is all on them and we have a number of players that have played at a higher level and are capable of playing there, so we won’t be phased.”

Cranes head into the game having lost just once in 10 league games, and have beaten Senior Division leaders Henley, plus Needham Market Reserves and AFC Sudbury Reserves on the way to the semi-finals.

Tomorrow they face another higher division team in Haverhill who are currently second in their division, a point off leaders Stowmarket Town.

They won 4-0 at home to March Town on Wednesday night and ominously, have only conceded two goals in their previous nine league and cup games.

“They are flying but we have done our homework on them,” added Radnor, whose side are brimming with confidence.

“We are coming to the end of April and the season is still alive on two fronts, although we are taking one game at a time.

“It would be an honour to play in such a prestigious final at Portman Road too.

“Every non-league player dreams of playing at a stadium such as Portman Road, but we can’t look that far ahead and beating Haverhill will be an unbelievable task.”

In the Senior Division tomorrow, leaders Henley can put the pressure on Cranes by stretching their lead at the top to 12 points, with a win at Felixstowe Harpers United.

In-form Grundisburgh, in 11th, have won their last four league games and can pull further away from trouble with victory at home to 13th-placed Stanton, who themselves are desperate for the points.

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