Player-manager Martin Westcott knows Haverhill Borough will need to be at their best if they are win their first ever cup final tomorrow.
Borough head to Mildenhall Town’s ground for the Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup Final against Stowmarket Town (7.45pm kick off) knowing they are one win away from creating club history.
With Borough having beaten Stowmarket 3-0 in their league encounter at the New Croft just ten days earlier and having ended the season unbeaten in their final six matches, some may consider them the favourites to lift the trophy.
Westcott, however, knows things are not that straightforward.
He said: “Playing Stowmarket the other night we did win 3-0 but it was a very close game, much closer than the score suggests.
“They hit the post when it was 0-0 so if that had gone in it could been different.
“They are very strong going forward. They’ve got Matt Dixon and he was the second best scorer (26 goals) in our league. He’s very sharp.
“We are aware of the threat they’ve got. They’ve got some very good players. We played really well the other night and won the game, but it was a lot closer than that would suggest.”
Borough had the bare 11 players for their final league match on Saturday, a 1-1 draw at Woodbridge Town that left them in eighth place in the final standings.
They are expecting to have their ranks swelled by the return of a number of players who were absent with injury or illness for that match, notably centre-half Ian Bluett (who was unwell) and the midfield trio of Jonny Milne, Matt Staines and Aaron Forshaw, who all missed out due to injury.
Tomorrow’s final will also present Borough with the chance to banish the memory of their agonising semi-final defeat to Waveney in the Suffolk Senior Cup on April 2 , where they led 2-0 in normal time only to be pegged back to 2-2 before losing a penalty shoot out when in the driving seat and with it the chance of playing in the final at Portman Road.
Westcott said: “We’ve been playing really well recently. The players are enjoying it.
“It was a shame to miss out on the Suffolk Senior Cup final but this was one of our targets at the start of the season and it’s a cup we wanted to do well in.
“Realistically the two cups we were after were the Suffolk Senior Cup and the Knockout Cup, so we are still fighting for this one.
“We’ve got to be at our very best to get anything out of the game.
“If we don’t turn up and start well or play well we could be in trouble.
“Whatever the outcome, may the best team win and whoever deserves to win deserves to win and I know there will be a beer in the bar afterwards, so it’s got a good feel about it.”