Cranbrook waiting for cup final date


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Cranbrook are waiting to hear when they will contest what will probably be the last cup final of the 2018/19 football season.

Cranbrook booked their place in the final of the Football Express Cup after a 4-3 midweek evening win at Exeter-based Central.

As yet, there is no date set for the final.

Waiting for them, and the team they must beat to lift the cup, are a Westexe Park Rangers side that they have played twice in Macron League Division Five football this season and both times the contests have been close encounters with the Tiverton-based side winning 3-2 at their place while the Broadclyst meeting ended 0-0.

Cranbrook had to overcome adversity before winning the semi-final as they trailed 2-0 and then lost the services of Karl Sugg to a nasty head injury before goals from Dan MacDonald, James Bloomfield, Ric Carpenter and Jake Chadwick saw them home.

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A relieved manager Jon Martin said: "I knew we were in for a tough game as they'd strengthened since we beat them 4-1 at their place earlier in the season.

"I was really struggling to get a squad together due to several key players being injured or cup tied and that showed as we were very sluggish and deservedly fell two goals down!"

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He continued: "However, we have shown a number of times this season that we have great character and strength of spirit in the dressing room and, once again, it came to the fore to see us through."

As for the final, Martin says: "Westexe are a decent young outfit and, after two close contests, you could say both teams know plenty about the other!

"From my point of view, selection is going to be the problem as we have mounting injuries and, now that summer is on its way, availability plays a big part.

"However, we will get a side out and certainly give it a right go in the final."

The league campaign ended disappointingly for Martin and his team, something he aluded to when he said: "Finishing sixth represents a big disappointment. I felt that we and a good enough squad to compete, but we were undone by our lack of an out-and-out goal scorer and players missing at crucial stages during the season really cost us.

"Now the campaign is done I must say a massive thank you to our sponsors.

"The Chip Shack have come on board as a club sponsor this season and we hope that they'll carry on supporting us in the future.

"I'd also like to say a big thank you to Aaron and his team at the Cranberry Farm, who've provided fantastic post-match support to the club.

"I've managed to secure a home kit sponsor for next season already. But if anyone is interested in having their business name on our team wear next season. They can contact me via email at Oh yes, and I am also keen to recruit a couple of experienced players for the next campaign."

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