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Creake Charity Shield final offers Isleham United the chance to end recent trophy drought




Isleham United will be bidding to win their first piece of silverware since 2011 when they take on Houghton & Wyton in the final of the Creake Charity Shield tomorrow at Newmarket Town FC (7.45pm).

Isleham, who will be appearing in a League Cup final for the first time in 48 years, head into the encounter having already beaten their opponents 2-1 in a Cambridgeshire County League Mead Plant & Grab 1B thanks to two goals from Graham Ford.

It will also continue the club’s rapid rise of late under the stewardship of joint managers Adam Horrex and Lee Chipchase, having been promoted to their highest level for more than 28 years on the final day of last season.

Newmarket Town FC
Newmarket Town FC

“We have come a long way in such a short space of time and the final really is a reward for everyone’s hard work on and off the pitch,” said Horrex, who took charge of the club at the start of the last campaign.

“It would mean a lot to the club to win it having not been in a final for so long. These opportunities do not come around very often and so we are hoping to have plenty of support on the night.”

Isleham head into the encounter on the back of a 1-1 draw with Fenstanton on Saturday.

It seemed Ford’s ninth goal of the season was going to be enough to earn the hosts all three points but Fenstanton salvaged a share of the spoils with a last-minute equaliser.

The result leaves Isleham (3rd) eight points off the guaranteed promotion places, although they do have a game in hand.

Dion Badcock and Hayden Palmer will miss the cup final through injury while new signings Jarel Orr and Jack Challis are ineligible.



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