Quarter-final spots on offer in two cups
QUARTER-FINAL places are on offer in two county cup competitions this weekend.
Fourteen sides will be bidding to book their spot in the last eight of the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup, starting with one tie on Friday evening.
That match sees Ipswich Wanderers host Needham Market Reserves at Humber Doucy Lane, kick-off 7.45pm.
The hosts have had a troubled time in the last couple of years, but will be aiming to continue the club’s recent proud record in the competition.
Wanderers won the Senior Cup in the 2012-13 season, defeating Whitton United 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out, before losing to the same opponents in the following season’s final. Action from that first final is pictured above as Wanderers (blue shirts) defend a Whitton United (green shirts) attack.
Promotion that season meant that Wanderers have been playing in the Premier Cup up to and including last season, but relegation from the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last season was accompanied by a return to the Senior Cup.
Wanderers required a penalty shoot-out to dispose of 2017 runners-up Crane Sports 5-4 in the first round following a 1-1 draw, and will now be bidding to progress at the expense of Needham Market Reserves.
Achilles, who defeated Cranes in that final, will be hoping to claim the scalp of higher-league Debenham LC, despite the recent upheaval of losing manager Luke Hillyard and a couple of players.
Their departures did not appear to affect Achilles last weekend, the reigning Touchline SIL champions trouncing Leiston St Margaret’s 10-0 in the Bob Coleman Cup.
Lakenheath, the 2015 winners and currently fifth in their first season in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League, entertain Henley Athletic, who occupy fourth place in the Touchline SIL, in a tasty tie.
There are two all-SIL Senior Division fixtures – East Bergholt United (9th) versus Bourne Vale United (6th) and Westerfield United (7th) against Benhall St Mary (5th) – which will ensure the SIL has at least two representatives in the last eight.
Beccles Town, going well in fourth spot in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division, welcome Cornard United, who are enjoying an improved campaign, sitting 12th in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League.
The final tie sees two reserve sides face each other – Kirkley & Pakefield entertaining Leiston.
It’s the second round of the HomeStore Self Storage Suffolk Women’s Cup on Sunday.
AFC Sudbury, last sesason’s losing finalists, will be favourites to overcome Leiston St Margaret’s.
Kirkley & Pakefield, the 2016 runners-up, take on East Bergholt United, who are currently top of the Suffolk Girls’ & Women’s League.
There’s an all SG&WL clash as Brett Vale, who are tenth, entertain Coplestonians, who are seventh, and two SG&WL sides at home to Norfolk Girls’ & Women’s League opposition.
Second-placed Brantham entertain Bungay Town and Woodbridge Town (6th) welcome Beccles Town.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Second Round: Ipswich Wanderers v Needham Market Res (7.45pm).
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Second Round: Achilles v Debenham LC, Beccles Town v Cornard Utd, East Bergholt Utd v Bourne Vale Utd, Kirkley & Pakefield Res v Leiston Res, Lakenheath v Henley Athletic, Westerfield Utd v Benhall St Mary.
HomeStore Self Storage Suffolk Women’s Cup Second Round: AFC Sudbury v Leiston St Margaret’s, Brantham Athletic v Bungay Town, Brett Vale v Coplestonians, Chantry Grasshoppers v Ipswich Town – Away Win Walkover, Haverhill Rovers v Ipswich Town Res – Home Win Walkover, Kirkley & Pakefield v East Bergholt Utd, Needham Market v University of Suffolk – Home Win Walkover, Woodbridge Town v Beccles Town.