Moye hoping it will be third time lucky
TONIGHT will be a special occasion for Stonham Aspal stalwart Martyn Moye.The 35-year-old will be making his third appearance at Portman Road in 15 years - and he will be looking to make it third time lucky.
By Elvin King
TONIGHT will be a special occasion for Stonham Aspal stalwart Martyn Moye.
The 35-year-old will be making his third appearance at Portman Road in 15 years - and he will be looking to make it third time lucky.
Leading scorer for the Metaltec SIL First Division fifth-placed side - as he has been for most seasons over the last 15 years - Moye will be lining up against Cambridgeshire County League side Hundon in the Debenham Leisure Centre Suffolk Junior Cup final.
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Moye was included when Stonham were twice beaten in the Suffolk Senior Cup final at the home of Ipswich Town.
Stonham lost 5-3 to Woodbridge Town in 1992/93 and 2-1 to Grundisburgh in 1997/98, and a victory tonight will earn Moye just rewards for his loyalty.
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Winning a county cup has so far eluded Stonham. The club's reserves were losing finalists in the Suffolk Junior Cup in 1994/95 (2-1 against Wenhaston) and in the Suffolk Primary Cup in 1985/86. The Primary Cup defeat was 3-0 against Hundon, giving Stonham the chance to gain revenge this evening (kick-off 7pm).
Stonham will want to enjoy their night out tonight, and cement this by lifting the trophy.
But overall it is just as important for them to regain their senior status by finishing their SIL season on a high.
Stonham are jointly managed by Nigel Stiff and Steve Martin.
Stiff is another Stonham legend, joining the club as a teenager and playing both junior and senior football for many seasons. He had spells at Haughley and Stowupland, but returned to manage the first team after Stonham's relegation to Division One in 2004.
This is Martin's first season with Stonham, having previously managed Stowmarket Town Reserves. He spiced up the squad by bringing in a number of young players from Stowmarket.
Hundon lost their first league match of the season on Easter Saturday.
Stonham squad: Dobrucki, Locke, Wooby, Ray, Hart, S Martin, Robinson, Convey, G Brown, Moye, Matthews, Garnham, McLuckie, Harrison, A Brown, B Martin, Flatman, Barker.
Stowmarket Stag, who play in Division Four of the Metaltec SIL, won the Suffolk Primary Cup last Saturday.
They beat Bury League side Priors Inn 2-0 in the final at Walsham-le-Willows.
It was a magnificent win for Stag as Priors had previously eliminated SIL clubs Henley Athletic Res, Ipswich Postals and Division Two leaders Claydon.