FOUR Thurlow Nunn League Division One sides will be aiming to overcome lower-league opposition in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup on Saturday.
No matches have been played in the competition since mid-December last year, but now 12 sides have the opportunity to book their place in this season’s quarter-finals.
Three of those Thurlow Nunn League sides must travel in the third round, with AFC Sudbury Reserves visiting Anglian Combination Division One Bungay Town for a mid-day kick-off at Maltings Meadow.
Lakenheath and Haverhill Borough both face Macron SIL Senior Division One opposition away from home – Lakenheath are at Haughley United and Haverhill Borough take on Trimley Red Devils.
The third match-up sees Thurlow Nunn League Framlingham Town have home advantage against Henley Athletic, losing semi-finalists in each of the last two seasons. The SIL side will be aiming to take a step closer towards the last four and then making it third time lucky by reaching this season's final.
The other two ties feature an all-SIL affair, with Bildeston Rangers hosting Ransomes Sports after the fixture was switched to Consent Lane, and Leiston St Margarets entertaining Anglian Combination Premier Division outfit Beccles Town.
Two sides are already confirmed as being through to the last eight – holders Ipswich Wanderers and Halesworth Town – after their scheduled opponents, East Bergholt United and Benhall St Mary respectively, withdrew from this season’s competition.
Ipswich Wanderers (blue shirts) are pictured playing against Coplestonians (maroon shirts) in the delayed 2019-20 final played at Humber Doucy Lane in October. Wanderers won 1-0. Photograph: Paul Voller
There are also six ties taking place in the Portable Space Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup, including holders Woodbridge Town at home to Halesworth Town after their tie was switched to Notcutts Park.
There are also two outstanding ties in each of the Total Football Suffolk Junior Cup and the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup second rounds on Saturday.
The quarter-finals of three Sunday cup competitions are scheduled for the following morning.
There are three ties in the Rushmere Golf Club Sunday Cup, with 2017-18 winners Kitchener Taverners hosting fellow Ipswich Sunday Football League side Portman Rovers.
There’s a full compliment of ties in both the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield and the Bluefin Sports Suffolk Sunday Trophy, only a week after the previous rounds in a busy end to the county cups season.
A reminder that no spectators are allowed if a match is taking place on private land. Spectators are permitted if the match is taking place on public land but should check with the host club first before attending.
Three sides are through to the quarter-finals of the Blue Square Solutions Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup after away wins this week. Holders AFC Sudbury won 2-1 at Needham Market on Monday, while Leiston were 4-1 winners at Framlingham Town the following evening.
Walsham-le-Willows made it a hat-trick of away wins when they went through 9-8 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Woodbridge Town on Thursday night.
Midweek Fixtures & Results
Blue Square Solutions Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Second Round: Needham Market 1 AFC Sudbury 2.
Blue Square Solutions Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Second Round: Framlingham Town 1 Leiston 4.
Blue Square Solutions Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Second Round: Woodbridge Town 1 Walsham-le-Willows 1 - Walsham-le-Willows won 9-8 on pens.
Kick-offs 2.30pm unless stated:
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Third Round: Haughley Utd v Lakenheath, Framlingham Town v Henley Athletic, Leiston St Margarets v Beccles Town, Bungay Town v AFC Sudbury Res (12 noon), Trimley Red Devils v Haverhill Borough, Ransomes Sports v Bildeston Rangers, at Bildeston Rangers.
Total Football Suffolk Junior Cup Second Round: Coddenham Athletic v Saxmundham Sports, Sporting 87 v Tattingstone Utd.
Portable Space Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Second Round: Bildeston Rangers Res v Long Melford Res, at Long Melford (3pm), Claydon Res v Whitton Utd Res, Halesworth Town Res v Woodbridge Town Res at Woodbridge Town, Beccles Town Res v Hadleigh Utd Res, Henley Athletic Res v Trimley Red Devils Res, Bungay Town Res v Framlingham Town Res.
McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Second Round: Bramford Utd v Old Newton Utd A, Stonham Aspal Res v Kirton Athletic Res.
Kick-offs 10.30am unless stated:
Rushmere Golf Club Suffolk Sunday Cup Quarter-Finals: Moreton Hall Ferals v Felixstowe Harpers Utd, Kitchener Taverners v Portman Rovers, AFC Bergholt v Mellis.
Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield Quarter-Finals: Lakenheath v Eastbury Eagles, Baltic Utd v Hardy, Gainsborough Utd v Occold.
Bluefin Sports Suffolk Sunday Trophy Quarter-Finals: Rushmere & Diamonds Res v Bury Utd, Chantry Phoenix v Wickham Wanderers, Cockfield Utd v Stoke By Clare, Ipswich Pythons v Wamil Wasps.