Alconbury boss chasing another piece of silverware in the Hunts Junior Cup final before standing down
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Outgoing Alconbury boss Darrell Clark hopes to end his reign on a high tonight (Wednesday).
The holders face Houghton & Wyton in the final of the Hunts Junior Cup at Jubilee Park in Huntingdon (7.45pm).
But Clark, who is due to stand down at the end of the season, believes his men will kick-off as underdogs despite playing one level higher than their opponents in the Cambs League.
Alconbury are in mid-table in Division 1B after a run of four successive defeats whereas unbeaten Houghton & Wyton are top of Division 2B.
Clark, who is due to stand down at the end of the season, said: “Our recent form hasn’t been good, but I don’t think that will count for anything in a cup final.
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“It is all about who turns up and performs best for 90 minutes. If we play the way we can we’re good enough to win it, but Houghton & Wyton are probably favourites as they’re flying in their league.”
Victory for Alconbury would provide a fine end of Clark’s spell as manager.
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He guided the club’s reserve team to cup success and promotion in the 2013/14 campaign before stepping into the role of first-team chief.
He enjoyed another double last term and hopes to claim more silverware tonight before handing over the reins to reserve manager Mick Clarke in the summer.
Former Hunts Lower Junior Cup winners Houghton & Wyton are bidding to lift the Hunts Junior Cup at the first attempt.
Boss Steve Jeffs said: “We’re delighted to have reached the final in our first season and the lads are really looking forward to it.
“The league has been the priority this season, but we have looked at this competition as a bonus.
“Now we’re in the final we will be going all out for a surprise victory and we’re excited about playing a team from a league above, even though we feel we’re underdogs.
“We know it is going to be tough but we arrive with confidence due to current league form.”
Houghton & Wyton opened up a two-point cushion at the top of Division 2B last Saturday despite being held to a goalless draw at Isleham United.
They also have a game in hand on title rivals Fenstanton who slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Ely Crusaders.