TWO of the top-ranked teams will face off in the second round of this season’s Suffolk Premier Cup.
Lowestoft Town have been drawn at home to fellow Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central side Needham Market in what will be a repeat of the 2009 final which The Trawler Boys won 3-2 and the 2017 final which Needham won by the same scoreline.
Framlingham Town, who received a bye in the first round, will host Brantham Athletic at Badingham Road in their first-ever Suffolk Premier Cup tie.
By a strange quirk of fate the two sides met each other in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday, Brantham winning 2-1, just before the draw was announced on BBC Radio Suffolk.
One of the ties of the round is expected to be Stowmarket Town’s home match against higher-league AFC Sudbury – one of three between Thurlow Nunn League and Bostik League North teams.
Walsham-le-Willows will host Ipswich Town – a repeat of the clash between the two clubs in November 2012 when new manager Mick McCarthy sent a strong side to Summer Road who defeated their hosts 5-1. Although Ipswich were drawn out first the club will concede home advantage to the Thurlow Nunn League side.
Pictured above at the draw are (left to right) Framlingham Town manager Liam Abraham, Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal and Graeme Mac of BBC Radio Suffolk.
Suffolk Premier Cup Second-Round Draw: Stowmarket Town v AFC Sudbury, Kirkley & Pakefield v Whitton Utd, Ipswich Town XI v Walsham-le-Willows (to be played at Walsham-le-Willows), Lowestoft Town v Needham Market, Hadleigh Utd v Bury Town, Leiston v Haverhill Rovers, Framlingham Town v Brantham Athletic, Felixstowe & Walton Utd v Woodbridge Town.
Ties to be played on Tuesday & Wednesday November 13th & 14th 2018.