TWENTY teams will this weekend be bidding to take a step closer to a possible final appearance in this season’s Suffolk Junior Cup.
Two sides – Kirkley & Pakefield Under-23s and Ufford Sports – have already booked their places in the second round.
AFC YourShirts, runners-up in each of the last two seasons in the Suffolk Primary Cup, will play their first match in the Junior Cup away to Barham Athletic.
It is only four years ago that Ipswich Valley Rangers reached the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup, where they lost 7-0 to Lakenheath.
They will be hoping for a better run in the Junior Cup this season than they managed last season, when they lost 5-4 to Ufford Sports on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the first round.
Action is pictured above from last season's final between AFC Kesgrave (yellow shirts) and Trimley Red Devils (blue shirts) at Portman Road which AFC Kesgrave won 3-2.
Sunday sees the start of this season’s six Crown Imperial Boys’ Cups run by Suffolk FA, with matches in the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18 competitions.
Suffolk Junior Cup First Round Draw: Barham Athletic v AFC Yourshirts, Bildeston Rangers v Coddenham Athletic, Brandon Town v Sporting 87, Ipswich Valley Rangers v Bramford Road Old Boys, Mutford & Wrentham v Oulton Broad, Somersham v Stonham Aspal, Southwold Town v Beccles Caxton, Tuddenham 08 v Clare Town, Walsham-le-Willows A v Bacton Utd 89, Wickham Market v Ipswich Athletic.
Days Sports Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup First Round: Bramford Utd Res v Waveney Res.
Crown Imperial Boys’ Under-12 Cup First Round: AFC Sudbury v Capel Plough, Beccles Town Hornets v Waveney Tigers, Bury Town Bulldogs v Moreton Hall Youth, Bury Town Rams v Lakenheath, Cornard Dynamos Yellows v Cornard Dynamos Blues, DAFA v Footstars, Haverhill Rovers Black v Haverhill Rovers White, Haverhill Rovers Blue v Brandon Town Community, Haverhill Rovers Red v Bury Town Colts, Ipswich Exiles White v Whitton Utd, Kirkley & Pakefield Knights v Waveney Pumas, Kirkley & Pakefield Monarchs v Stowupland Falcons, Kirkley & Pakefield Royals v Kirkley & Pakefield Dukes, Sole Bay Utd v Ipswich Valley Rangers, Stowmarket Town Bees v Stowmarket Town Hornets, Walsham-le-Willows v Elmswell.
Crown Imperial Boys’ Under-13 Cup Second Round: Bungay Town Black Dogs v Waveney Thundercats, Capel Plough Cobras v Long Melford Colts, Clare Town Lions v Saxmundham Sports, Haverhill Rovers Black v Haverhill Rovers Blue, Haverhill Rovers EJA v Lakenheath, Kirkley & Pakefield Cobra v Whitton Utd SYFL, Kirkley & Pakefield Viper v Footstars, Moreton Hall Youth Athletic v Bury Town Colts, Moreton Hall Youth Dynamos v Brandon Town Community, Ransomes Sports v Woodbridge Town, Red Lodge v Mildenhall Town JPL, Sole Bay Utd v Whitton Utd EJA, Stowmarket Town Hornets v AFC Sudbury EJA, Stowmarket Town Youth v Needham Market Blue EJA, Walsham-le-Willows v Needham Market EJA.
Crown Imperial Boys’ Under-14 Cup First Round: Brandon Town Community v Kirkley & Pakefield Wildcats, Bury Town Rams v Haverhill Rovers White, Cornard Dynamos Blues v AFC Sudbury EJA, Elmswell v Needham Market, Mildenhall Town v Bury Town Colts, Stowmarket Town Hornets v AFC Sudbury Falcons, Waveney Panthers v Haverhill Town Red.
Crown Imperial Boys’ Under-15 Cup First Round: AFC Sudbury v Walsham-le-Willows Warriors, Brandon Town Community v Haverhill Rovers, Cornard Dynamos Red v Needham Market, Felixstowe & Walton Utd v Kirkley & Pakefield Panthers, Mildenhall Town v Walsham-le-Willows EJA, Moreton Hall Black Panthers v Stowmarket Town, Saxmundham Sports v Waveney Lions, Trimley Red Dare Devils v Whitton Utd SYFL, Waveney Jaguars v Chantry Grasshoppers, Waveney Meerkats v Kirkley & Pakefield Kings.
Crown Imperial Boys’ Under-16 Cup First Round: Bardwell Sport Thunder v Kedington, Kirkley & Pakefield Comet v Wickham Market, Stowmarket Town v Brandon Town Community, Whitton Utd v Leiston.
Crown Imperial Boys’ Under-18 Cup First Round: Haverhill Town v Bury Town Saints, Ipswich Valley Rangers White v Ipswich Valley Rangers Blue, Mildenhall Town v Bury Town, Woodbridge Town v West Row.