Suffolk one step from reaching final

A VICTORY for Suffolk tomorrow will see them reach the final of the FA County Youth Cup for the second time in three seasons.It is testament to the abundance of footballing talent in Suffolk - and the coaching the youngsters receive - that a win over Surrey at Woking tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) will earn them a final tie against West Riding away.

By Elvin King

A VICTORY for Suffolk tomorrow will see them reach the final of the FA County Youth Cup for the second time in three seasons.

It is testament to the abundance of footballing talent in Suffolk - and the coaching the youngsters receive - that a win over Surrey at Woking tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) will earn them a final tie against West Riding away.

In 2004/05 Suffolk, then managed by Danny Laws, beat Hampshire in the final at Portman Road.

Andy Gould has taken over the reins from Laws, who is now in charge of Needham Market, and says that success tomorrow will be the culmination of many years hard work.

“The boys have been together for many seasons now,” said Gould.

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“There is a unity in the squad, and they have a chance to write another chapter in the history of Suffolk football.

“I have spoken to managers of counties Surrey have played, and we are anticipating a difficult game. But we are in a positive frame of mind.”

Suffolk will be without Woodbridge Town player Ben Seaman because of an ankle problem, but otherwise Gould has a full squad to select from.

Suffolk squad: Goody (Bury Town), Ross (Woodbridge Town), Catchpole (Bury Town), Monaghan (Woodbridge Town), Foster, Nunn, Jeal, Chaplin, Walker (all Bury), Gammon (Newmarket), Bamment, Sloots, Clarke, Jones (all Bury), Read (Woodbridge) and Szyszlyk (Needham Market.