Eynesbury boss Mark Ducket insists the prospect of winning his first trophy after just five-and-a-half months in management gives him goosebumps.
The 32 year-old has enjoyed a stunning start to his Rovers reign, leading them into the top six in the United Counties League Premier Division and the county showpiece since taking over at the beginning of December.
And he is looking forward to pitting his wits against St Ives Town chief Ricky Marheineke tonight as Eynesbury chase their first Hunts Senior Cup triumph since 2002.
Ducket said: “I’ve had a lot of doubters since I hung my boots up as a player and the chance to win a trophy after only five-and-a-half months as a manager gives me goosebumps.
“I’m relishing the prospect of going up against Ricky who has been successful in the UCL and now gone on to challenge for promotion at a higher level.
“We’ve already beaten the holders to get to the final and the next step is trying to beat a very good St Ives team to lift the trophy.
“The challenge is to ensure we do ourselves justice. Occasions like this come down to commitment and attitude, rather than the levels the teams play at.
“My biggest concern is stage-fright as none of the lads have played in a final of this importance before.
“I’ve built up a great relationship with the players. It’s been a great fit and it would be brilliant if we could cap this run with some silverware.”
Eynesbury booked their place in the final courtesy of a 4-0 semi-final romp against holders Godmanchester Rovers. That followed a 7-3 first-round success against Huntingdon Town.
They have lost only two of their 20 league games since Ducket, and his management team of Ben Watts and Ash Civil, took charge.
Admission tonight is £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.