Huntingdon Town boss Jimmy Brattan hopes his finest moment in football is eclipsed after just a few days.
The Town chief rated a Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final triumph at higher-level Deeping Rangers recently as the best result of his managerial career.
Goals from Richard Baines and Jamie Waterworth earned the United Counties League Division One side a 2-1 triumph at their Premier Division hosts. It was a second higher-level scalp for Huntingdon in the competition after they knocked out Ely City in the previous round.
But Brattan is quick to admit an even bigger effort again when facing United Counties League Premier Division champions Yaxley in the final tonight (Monday). The showpiece clash takes place at the Premier Plus Stadium in St Neots, 7.45pm.
Brattan said: “The win at Deeping was undoubtedly my best moment in football so far. It was a brilliant result and it is fantastic to be able to guide Huntingdon into a cup final.
“The club has been through some tough times in recent years, but we feel we’re on the way back. Our performances in this competition have proved that.
“Beating two higher-level teams already is a great achievement and we look forward to facing another one – but we know we will have to perform even better to stand a chance of beating Yaxley.
“Every single member of my side needs to bring his ‘A’ game just for us to compete. We know it is going to be very tough, but I doubt that many people would have given us a chance in the last two rounds either.”
Huntingdon captain Chris Jones is expected to be eligible for the final despite being sent off in the second half of the victory at Deeping.
Leading scorer Corey Kingston missed that match and also remains a doubt for the final due to injury. Fellow frontman Connor Clarke is away on holiday.
Huntingdon lifted the Hinchingbrooke Cup in 2014 thanks to a 2-0 final triumph against Stotfold which came at the end of the club’s best-ever campaign.
They also finished as Premier Division runners-up and lifted the League KO Cup that season under the management of Seb Hayes.
Yaxley’s passage to the final via a walkover was certainly controversial as they initially failed to raise a team to play Eynesbury Rovers in the other semi-final.
Competition bosses ordered the match to be re-arranged, but Rovers refused to take part and mounted an unsuccessful appeal to the Hunts FA.