HENLEY Athletic will be aiming to reach the semi-finals of the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup for the second successive season on Saturday.
The Macron SIL Senior Division side last season suffered the agony of a semi-final 5-4 penalty shoot-out loss following a goalless draw with eventual winners Achilles.
They will be bidding to take their place in the last four of this season’s competition when they host Ipswich Town’s Under-18 side at the Henley Community Centre, kick-off 12 noon.
A good-sized crowd is anticipated for the tie versus visitors who have already defeated Bildeston Rangers (1-0) and Framlingham Town (5-1) en route to this stage of the competition.
They will be mindful of the fact that Henley have twice come from 3-1 down to beat Haverhill Borough and Trimley Red Devils. The Henley squad are pictured above before the start of the semi-final shoot-out. Photograph: Paul Voller.
Saturday afternoon also sees the quarter-finals of the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup taking place.
Cavendish, who have made home advantage count so far in this season’s competition, are away to Ipswich Exiles.
The Dishmen have scored 17 goals and conceded once on each occasion in three home ties to reach the last eight, while their opponents have registered two 2-1 wins.
Brandon Town Reserves, who have yet to concede a goal in their three ties so far, travel to Elmswell, who have also found the net 17 times in three matches in the competition.
Kesgrave Kestrels are the only side of the eight remaining who have had to negotiate four matches to reach this stage, after being one of the four first-round winners.
They entertain Leiston A, who required a shoot-out to leave Stage exiting the competition 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw, after Leiston A had scored 13 times without reply in their previous two ties.
The fourth and final tie pits Melton United, the leading scorers so far with 18 goals in three matches, against Kedington, who have won each of their three by at least two clear goals.
The draw for the semi-finals will be broadcast and filmed lived on next week’s BBC Radio Suffolk Thursday Night Sports Social programme from 8.30pm.
It’s the semi-finals of the newly-named Rushmere Golf Club Suffolk Sunday Cup the following day.
Brandon Town Community face Kitchener Taverners, the 2017-18 winners, at The Denny Brothers Stadium, home of Bury Town FC.
Debenham Leisure Centre hosts the second semi-final between Borussia Martlesham and holders Gym United – a repeat of last season’s meeting at the same stage of the competition that Gym United won 6-1.
The winners will meet in the final on ‘Super Sunday’ at Bloomfields, home of Needham Market FC, on Sunday, April 26th.
The quarter-finals of the Suffolk Sunday Shield, originally scheduled for February 9th, are also due to be held on Sunday morning.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter-Final: Henley Athletic v Ipswich Town Under-18s (12 noon).
McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Quarter-Finals: Elmswell v Brandon Town Res (2.30pm), Ipswich Exiles v Cavendish (2.30pm), Kesgrave Kestrels v Leiston A (2.30pm), Melton Utd v Kedington (2.30pm).
Kick-offs 10.30am unless stated:
Rushmere Golf Club Suffolk Sunday Cup Semi-Finals: Brandon Town Community v Kitchener Taverners at Bury Town FC (10.30am), Gym Utd v Borussia Martlesham at Debenham Leisure Centre (2.30pm).
Suffolk Sunday Shield Quarter-Finals: Baltic Utd v The Exchange, Great Blakenham Chequers v Haverhill & Hove Albion, Sizewell Argyle v Bungay Town, Rushmere & Diamonds v Hardwick.
Suffolk Veterans' Cup Quarter-Final: ETC Lowestoft v Whitton Utd.
Crown Imperial Suffolk Boys’ Under-14 Plate Quarter-Final: Whitton Utd v Moreton Hall Athletic.