WHITTON United will be bidding to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Final on Sunday.
The match is the third and last final, kick-off 3pm, scheduled for ‘Super Sunday’ at AFC Sudbury’s MEL Group Stadium this weekend.
Their opponents for the third year in a row will be Woodbridge Town, who the green and whites overcame 4-1 in the 2018-19 final and then 3-0 in the 2019-20 final played earlier this season.
No team has ever won the competition, which was first played for in the 2008-09 season, three years on the bounce.
Kirkley & Pakefield, who were the inaugural winners, Leiston, Bury Town, Woodbridge Town and now Whitton United, have each won the cup in back-to-back seasons.
Woodbridge Town will be appearing in their seventh consecutive final, dating back to the 2014-15 campaign, when they lost 1-0 to Bury Town, who also beat them 5-3 on penalties the following season after a 1-1 draw.
Woodbridge gained a measure of revenge when defeating Bury Town 1-0 a year later and then eclipsed AFC Hoxne 4-1 in the 2017-18 final.
Both sides enjoyed emphatic wins in their semi-final ties, but a much closer final is expected on Sunday.
Action is pictured above from the 2019-20 final as Whitton United (green & white striped shirts) launch an attack against Woodbridge Town (black & white striped shirts) at Hadleigh United FC. Photograph: Paul Voller
‘Super Sunday’ starts at 10am with the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield Final between Gainsborough United and Hardy, who both play in Division Two of the Ipswich Sunday Football League.
It is no mean feat for Hardy to reach the final of this competition after lifting the 2019-20 Suffolk Sunday Trophy, thanks to a 4-3 victory over Thrasher United.
Hardy have rattled in 20 goals in four ties – half of them coming in a 10-2 victory over Melford Swan in round two – and have scored at least three in each tie so far.
Gainsborough United have also netted at least three times in each of their four matches thus far, scoring 13 times in total.
The middle of the three finals will be the Bluefin Sport Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final, which will be an all-West Suffolk affair between Stoke By Clare and Wamil Wasps, kick-off 12.45pm.
Stoke By Clare play in Division Three of the BDSL and Wamil Wasps started the season in Division Four.
Stoke By Clare, scored 11 goals in the first two rounds and have found the net 19 times in total in five matches.
Wamil Wasps, whose side is drawn from members of Mildenhall Cricket Club, enjoyed their biggest win in the competition in the semi-finals, defeating Rushmere & Diamonds Reserves 5-1.
‘Super Sunday’ Fixtures
Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield Final: Gainsborough Utd v Hardy (10am).
Bluefin Sport Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final: Stoke By Clare v Wamil Wasps (12.45pm).
Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Final: Whitton Utd v Woodbridge Town (3pm).
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