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Needham Market go for glory again in our fourth appearance in five years in the County Cup final at Colchester United against Bungay making their debut.

Since inception the club have only failed to make the final once but in those first three seasons they were up against Ipswich Town.

With the Tractor Girls pulling out it was a great chance to finally get our name on the trophy, but they fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Sudbury in what was always going to be a competitive fixture.

In a repeat of that Final, Needham purged the ghost of last season with home victory over the defending champions in the earlier rounds to automatically set them up as favourites.

Needham manager Warren Lewis-Claxton commented: “Delighted to be in yet another county cup final, and again at Colchester Utd, which we know will be another great occasion.

We have had a great season all things considered, and we know that winning this cup will be a great way to top off the season. 

“It’s a cup that i know has alluded the club for the last few seasons, but we know that we are in a good position.

We will prepare no differently going into this game as it can’t be taken lightly, anything can happen in a final”. 

Having missed out on winning this competition since it would be great to finally break that duck and round off what has been a very good season.

The club had its first season at step 5 and were involved in a title race until a few games ago and reached the semi-final of the league cup so it would be fitting to finally win the county cup to give this season a successful end.

The longest serving player and club captain Lois Balfour said: “For me personally it would mean a great deal to win the County Cup Final on Tuesday.

Being a Needham player from the very start, I have seen the hard work that Warren and others have put into the team to ensure the best possible environment has been created for us to be a successful women’s team and it’s time we get some silverware to show for it”.

 Although Needham will be huge favourites to lift their first Suffolk title the skipper is aware that there can be no complacency.

Lois concluded: “We will treat Tuesday like any other game, we are excited to showcase our hard work and put on a performance that everyone can be proud of”.

It has been an exceptional season for midfielder Mia Etheridge, one of her most prolific in a Needham shirt, she has scored crucial goals from midfield and having also been at the club for a while she too wants some glory to celebrate.

Mia said: “This county cup means a lot to us. We’ve got this far before on more than one occasion and I know we will all leave absolutely everything out there on the pitch. We’ve grown as a team, this season especially and we are more than ready to bring this Suffolk cup home to Needham!”

It is sentiments that Warren reaffirms.

He concluded: “We are excited, and keen to get our hands on the trophy!” 

There is still time to get your tickets from the link below with prices at £5 for an adult and £1 for any u16’s for the 7.30 kick off this coming Tuesday.

Grab your tickets now and support Needham to Suffolk Cup glory. Come on Needham!!!!!!!




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