BRANTHAM Athletic hero Ben Newson is dreaming of a cup treble.

The Imps brought the curtain down on their Thurlow Nunn League campaign on Saturday but, for the last few weeks, could have been forgiven for having one eye on today’s League Cup final.

Newson has already won the silverware twice in his illustrious non-league career, both during his time with Stanway Rovers.

And he would love to make it a hat-trick by inspiring his side to victory against Thetford Town this afternoon, in a match being played at Diss Town’s Brewers Green Lane (kick-off 3pm).

“It’s my third appearance in the final and it would be nice to make it a hat-trick of wins,” he told the Gazette.

“The first time was many years ago, when we played Leiston.

“Bruvs (Brantham joint-manager Michael Brothers) was in the Leiston team.

“Then I was fortunate enough to win it again during Steve Pitt’s time as Stanway manager.

“It’s a cup that’s been kind to me down the years and it’s a great competition.

“It’s a nice one for the fans and, as players, it’s great to try and give something back, to reward the people behind the scenes who work so hard for the club.

“A fifth-place finish in the league is a great achievement but it would also be lovely to end up with some silverware.

“It would give the season real purpose.”

Brantham recently defeated cup final opponents Thetford 3-1, in a Thurlow Nunn League premier division contest at the Leisure Centre.

And Newson, whose twin brother Sam also plays for the team, believes the league success will give his side added belief ahead of today’s rematch.

“It was good to get a victory against them in the league recently,” he said.

“That’s given us a bit of extra confidence going into the final.

“We’ve always got confidence in ourselves and each other, though, because we’ve got so much ability within the squad.

“We’ve got match-winners throughout.

“We’ve got players here who drive everyone forward in terms of keeping standards high.

“One of the good things about our team is that there’s a good blend of youth and experience.

“I’m sure there will be a few butterflies on the day but everyone takes it on themselves to help each other out.”

Brantham finished their league campaign with a trip to Norfolk to take on Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday.