IT WAS raining goals in the sunshine as the Suffolk Women’s Cup started on Sunday.
A total of 56 goals were scored in just five first-round ties, with both Needham Market sides finding their shooting boots as they hit the net 27 times between them.
Needham Market Reserves are pictured above celebrating one of their seven goals against Kesgrave Kestrels on the 3G pitch at Bloomfields. Photograph: Ben Pooley.
There were also big wins for AFC Sudbury Reserves, Bungay Town and Stowupland Falcons.
AFC Bergholt, last season’s losing finalists, are through to round two of the Suffolk Sunday Cup. They beat Playford 5-0, while the day’s other first-round fixture resulted in Occold edging out Bedricks Worth 3-2.
In the first round of the Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield six of the 12 ties played went to penalties, four of which were after 1-1 draws. One of those saw Lakenheath progress 6-5 on spot kicks against Prince of Wales.
Holders Hardy were comfortable 7-2 winners at home to Sizewell Argyle, while The Racing Centre fell at the first fence, losing 7-3 at home to Bardwell Sports.
There were 44 goals scored in the seven ties in the Suffolk Sunday Trophy. Wamil Wasps made a storming start to their defence of the competition with a 12-0 victory over Bury Boca Seniors.
The Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup starts this week, with two first-round ties on Monday evening and six more on Thursday.
Suffolk Sunday Cup First Round: AFC Bergholt 5 Playford 0, Occold 3 Bedricks Worth 2.
Veo Suffolk Sunday Shield First Round: Baltic Utd 1 Eastbury Eagles 1 – Baltic Utd won 4-2 on pens, Breda 0 Cockfield 2, Bungay Town 1 Elmswell Athletic 1 – Bungay Town won 4-3 on pens, Elmsett Utd Res v Stoke By Clare – Away Win Walkover, Fat Cat 0 The Feathers 1, Gainsborough Utd v Shotley Rose – Home Win Walkover, Great Blakenham Chequers 4 Bury Bowl 2, Hardy 7 Sizewell Argyle 2, Lakenheath 1 Prince of Wales 1 – Lakenheath won 6-5 on pens, Leiston Orient v Crafted Athletic – Home Win Walkover, Moreton Hall 96 1 Lark Rovers 1 – Moreton Hall 96 won 4-1 on pens, Red Star 3 Eastern Electricity Old Boys 3 – Eastern Electricity Old Boys won 4-2 on pens, Rushmere & Diamonds 2 Laxfield Utd 2 – Laxfield Utd won 5-4 on pens, The Racing Centre 3 Bardwell Sports 7, Westbourne Warriors 3 Thrasher Utd 2.
Suffolk Sunday Trophy First Round: AFC Elmswell 3 Real Suffolk 6, Bacton Utd 1 Stowmarket Utd 1 – Bacton Utd won 5-4 on pens, Bury Town Bisons v Palgrave – Home Win Walkover, Dial Square 1 Coldham Hall 1 – Coldham Hall won 4-3 on pens, Foxhall Utd 2 Northam Celtic 7, Martlesham Old Boys 9 Taverners Res 1, Tuddenham v Chedburgh – Away Win Walkover, Wamil Wasps 12 Bury BOCA Seniors 0, West Suffolk Wolves v Stanton – Home Win Walkover, Wickham Wanderers 0 Holbrook Swan Res 0 – Wickham Wanderers won 4-3 on pens.
Suffolk Women’s Cup First Round: AFC Sudbury Res 6 East Bergholt Utd 2, Brett Vale v Bury Town – Home Win Walkover, Bungay Town 12 Chantry Grasshoppers 0, Haverhill Rovers Ladies Community v AFC Sudbury – Away Win Walkover, Henley Athletic 3 Stowupland Falcons 6, Leiston St Margarets v Haverhill Rovers – Away Win Walkover, Needham Market 20 Mildenhall Town 0, Needham Market Res 7 Kesgrave Kestrels 0.
Kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated:
Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup First Round: Ipswich Town U16 v Bury Town at Bury Town FC (7.30pm), Needham Market v Hadleigh Utd,
Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup First Round: Bungay Town v Ipswich Wanderers, Felixstowe & Walton Utd v Whitton Utd, Haverhill Rovers v Cornard Utd, Kirkley & Pakefield v Sporting 87, Leiston v Stowmarket Town, Long Melford v Framlingham Town, Woodbridge Town v Walsham-le-Willows.