TWO of the county’s Step 3 clubs will meet in the first round of this season’s Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup.
Needham Market, who are still involved in the semi-finals of the 2019-20 competition, will host 2017-18 and 2018-19 winners Leiston in the only first-round tie due to having 17 entries.
The winners of that match will then be away in the second round to Bury Town, who are also involved in the final four of last season’s competition which has yet to be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round will also see a repeat of last season’s local derby between AFC Sudbury and Hadleigh United, which the lower-league Brettsiders won 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw. This time Hadleigh will have home advantage.
There will also be a re-match of the 2012 and 2018 clashes between Walsham-le-Willows and Ipswich Town.
The visitors fielded a strong side that won 5-1 at Summer Road soon after Mick McCarthy took over as manager in the first meeting and went through 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw two years ago.
The competition is again being sponsored by Turners Hyundai, whose Franchise Manager Nathan Ramsey is pictured above with the Premier Cup.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup First-Round Draw:
Needham Market v Leiston.
Date of the tie TBA, kick-off 7.45pm.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Second-Round Draw:
Woodbridge Town v Haverhill Rovers
Brantham Athletic v Felixstowe & Walton Utd
Ipswich Town v Walsham-le-Willows
Bury Town v Needham Market or Leiston (date of tie TBA)
Long Melford v Kirkley & Pakefield
Hadleigh Utd v AFC Sudbury
Whitton Utd v Stowmarket Town
Lowestoft Town v Mildenhall Town.
Ties to be played on Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th October, kick-offs 7.45pm.