Two competitions dominate fixtures
THE second rounds of two competitions dominate this weekend’s Suffolk County Cup fixtures.
On Saturday it’s the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup and the following day it’s the Suffolk Women’s Cup.
There’s a full set of 16 fixtures in the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Two teams who both enjoyed emphatic home wins in round one – Bardwell Sports and Mendlesham – now go head-to-head in the second round.
Bardwell Sports, who beast Stanton Reserves 7-0, will have home advantage against Mendlesham, who were 5-2 winners against Walsham-le-Willows ‘A’.
Hope Church (6-1 winners v Pakenham Dynamos) and Leiston Youth (4-1 winners v Normanston Magpies) were also in good goalscoring form in the first round, but only one of them will reach round three as they face each other.
There’s a meeting of two Wanderers as AFC Wanderers host Palgrave Wanderers in Ipswich. AFC Wanderers (blue shirts) are pictured playing against Bardwell Sports (white shirts) in an SIL Division Three fixture earlier this season.
Palgrave Wanderers were one of four teams to progress via penalty shoot-outs in the opening round and like Great Blakenham Chequers, who visit Sporting 87 Reserves, they travel in round two.
The other two teams – Framlingham Town ‘A’ and Thurlow Youth – both have home advantage.
One of the two outstanding first-round ties in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup is taking place on Saturday.
Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division side Brantham Athletic Reserves, who reached the semi-finals of the competition in the 2017-18 season, host Ipswich Vale Exiles of the Macron SIL Senior Division.
There’s also one fixture in the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Second Round as Old Newton United Reserves host Cornard United Reserves.
With Ipswich Town’s Development team having withdrawn from the Suffolk Women’s Cup, the competition will not feature the club’s name in the final for only the second time since the 2008-09 season.
The last time that happened was in the 2013-14 season when AFC Sudbury beat Brandon Town 5-0.
Both AFC Sudbury and AFC Sudbury Reserves are involved in Sunday’s second-round ties – the first team traveling to Beccles Town and the Reserves hosting Waveney.
Needham Market’s two sides are both away – the first team visit Halesworth Town, while the Reserves are on the road at Brantham Athletic.
Brett Vale, the 2019-20 runners-up, make the journey to Stowupland Falcons, with Sunday’s other tie seeing AFC Kesgrave at home to Haverhill Rovers.
Kick-offs 2pm unless stated:
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup First Round: Brantham Athletic Res v Ipswich Vale Exiles.
Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Second Round: Old Newton Utd Res v Cornard Utd Res.
McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Second Round: AFC Wanderers v Palgrave Wanderers, Bardwell Sports v Mendlesham, Cockfield Utd Res v Brantham Athletic ‘A’, Framlingham Town ‘A’ v Coplestonians ‘A’, Gipping Gnats v Kirton Athletic Res, Haverhill Town Youth v West Row Gunners, Hope Church v Leiston Youth, Kesgrave Kestrels v Laxfield, Motts County Pirates v Hadleigh Utd Brettsiders, Needham Market Phoenix v AFC Kesgrave Res, Samuels v Crusaders, Sporting 87 Res v Great Blakenham Chequers, Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds Res v Beccles Town ‘A’, Stowupland Falcons Res v Lakenheath Casuals, Thurlow v Bacton Utd 89 Res, Wickham Market Res v Bramford Utd.
Kick-off 2pm unless stated:
Suffolk Women’s Cup Second Round: AFC Kesgrave v Haverhill Rovers, AFC Sudbury Res v Waveney, Beccles Town v AFC Sudbury, Brantham Athletic v Needham Market Res, East Bergholt Utd Res v Woodbridge Town – Away Win Walkover, Halesworth Town v Needham Market, Ipswich Town Development v Bungay Town – Away Win Walkover, Stowupland Falcons v Brett Vale.