Well, here we goal!
PUBLISHED: 10:44 19 April 2007 | UPDATED: 13:56 04 May 2010
Tuesday s Cambs Invitation Cup Final at the Abbey Stadium has goal-fest written all over it. Former Southend striker Ian Benjamin will try to outwit ex-Brentford winger Gary Roberts, when he defends the first trophy of his managerial career. Even though B
Tuesday's Cambs Invitation Cup Final at the Abbey Stadium has goal-fest written all over it.
Former Southend striker Ian Benjamin will try to outwit ex-Brentford winger Gary Roberts, when he defends the first trophy of his managerial career.
Even though Benjamin's Soham - eighth in the Ridgeons Premier Division - are four leagues below Roberts' 17th-placed Nationwide South outfit, Benjamin won't set out to defend.
He said: "Cambridge City will be the clear favourites and they are an excellent attacking team.
"But we also have some real quality in the squad and I'm just going to tell the lads to go out and express themselves.
"If we enter the match with any fear then they can destroy us."
Roberts said: "We'll be going right at them from the first -whistle, but that's the only way we know how to play.
"We've got some great pace throughout the team, which should cause them some problems.
"I know most of the Soham lads and they are a decent bunch, but we should be bossing the game and, hopefully, we will have too much for them."
Soham striker Andy Furnell, who scored a penalty in last season's 1-0 Cambs Invitation Cup Final victory over Great Shelford, has formed a deadly partnership with Charles Libam.
Furnell has been the Ridgeons Premier Division's top scorer for the majority of the season and netted 26 times in all competitions.
Former Ivory Coast under-21 international Libam signed from Histon at the start of the season and has not only added much-needed power and pace to the attack, but scored 22 goals.
City possess goal threats throughout the side and former Barnet and Ipswich striker Neil Midgley is their leading scorer this season with 13.
# Tuesday's final kicks-off at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £4 will be available on the night.
Name: Ian Benjamin.
Playing career: Benjamin played as a full-time professional centre-forward for 12 league clubs from 1978 to 1996, including Sheffield United, Notts County, Cambridge United, Southend United, Luton Town and Wigan Athletic. He made two appearances in the English First Division with West Bromwich Albion in the 1981-82 season and scored 126 goals in 486 professional appearances.
Benjamin won two Division Four championships, with Northampton and Exeter, and enjoyed two successive promotions from the fourth and third divisions with Southend.
Managerial career: Started managing Corby Town in 1996, went on to Warboys. Benjamin had a six-month spell as joint Soham manager with Richard Goodjohn in 2000, and after a spell with Wisbech, he returned to Soham in 2003.
The 2006 Cambs Invitation Cup was Benjamin's first trophy as a boss.
Name: Gary Roberts.
Playing career: Roberts made 215 appearances and scored 78 goals as a left winger for Brentford in the Third Division, between 1980 and 1986. He was a Welsh under-21 international and London Evening Standard Player of the Month, but had his career cut short by injury.
Started managing Baldock Town in 1998, with whom he twice won the Herts Senior Cup. Roberts managed St Albans City for two years before joining Cambridge City in 2003. He has won the Cambs Invitation Cup with his current club.
Name: Matt Robinson.
Attributes: An excellent passer of the ball and deliverer of deadly crosses. Robinson is a hard worker and comfortable anywhere across the midfield. May have extra weight of expectation if captain Michael Simpson is unavailable.
Robinson returned from an injury he picked up at the end of last season, two months ago and is still getting back to full fitness.
Name: Glen Fuff
Attributes: Tough-tackling, no-nonsense, old fashioned centre-back. Has a dominating presence and Andy Furnell and Charles Libam will need to be in top form to get the better of him.
Fuff's previous clubs include Rushden and Diamonds, Peterborough United and Northampton Town.