Third time lucky - for one club only
THIRD time lucky, but for who?
Achilles and Woodbridge Town will attempt to play their CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final for the third time on Wednesday evening at Felixstowe & Walton United FC, kick-off 7.45pm.
Both previous matches at the Goldstar Ground, home of the Seasiders, have been postponed by rain on the day of the game.
The last-four tie was original scheduled to take place on Friday, March 9th, but a heavy downpour from tea-time onwards caused it to be postponed with the teams already at the ground.
It was re-arranged for Wednesday, March 28th, but steady rain throughout the day led to a mid-afternoon pitch inspection and the tie being called-off for a second time.
Hopefully it will be all systems go for a place in the final at Portman Road, which has now been confirmed as taking place on Friday, May 11th, kick-off 7.30pm.
Since the tie was postponed a fortnight ago, both teams have taken steps closer to winning their respective leagues – and therefore a win on Wednesday will leave one of them 90 minutes away from a potential league and cup double.
Achilles, the Senior Cup holders, realistically need just one win from their remaining five matches to be crowned as this season’s Touchline SIL Senior Division champions.
They sit 12 points clear of Crane Sports with both teams having five matches remaining, but Achilles have a goal difference of +28 over their rivals who, of course, they defeated 2-1 in last season’s Senior Cup Final at Portman Road.
The Achilles players are pictured above being introduced to the Guests of honour before the match.
Woodbridge Town, meanwhile, confirmed their promotion to the Premier Division of the Thurlow Nunn League after a four-year absence courtesy of a 7-0 victory over Norwich United Reserves on Saturday.
However, whether Woodbridge win the title is far from certain, with Whitton United and Framlingham Town, who both look nailed on to join them in the top flight next season, pushing them all the way.
Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for OAPS and children under-16.
A souvenir programme, priced £1, will also be on sale.
Wednesday evening also sees the Days Sports Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Semi-Final between Whitton United and Stowmarket Town taking place.
The tie, which has already been postponed twice, is once again scheduled at Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucy Lane ground.
Stowmarket Town will be looking to book their place in the final for the second season running, after lifting the trophy following a 2-1 victory over Woodbridge Town in last season’s final at Colchester United FC.
Admission is £3 for adults and £2 for OAPS and children under-16.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Semi-Final: Achilles v Woodbridge Town at Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC (7.45pm).
Days Sports Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Semi-Final: Whitton Utd v Stowmarket Town at Ipswich Wanderers FC (7.45pm).