THE first two Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Finals take place on Saturday.
There’s a local derby as Old Newton United Reserves entertain near neighbours Stowmarket Town Reserves – the two clubs are separated by less than four miles.
Both clubs’ first teams are still in their respective county cup competitions, so will be looking to keep alive the possibility of a club cup double this season.
Old Newton United are through to the semi-finals of the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup and Stowmarket Town the quarter-finals of the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup.
The other quarter-final on Saturday sees Lakenheath Reserves make the cross-county journey to Ipswich to face Coplestonians.
Both teams had impressive wins in the previous round – Coplestonians Reserves winning 7-1 away to Westerfield United Reserves and Lakenheath Reserves beating Bungay Town Reserves 5-2. Anthony Brolia is pictured above scoring from the penalty spot to give Lakenheath Reserves a 2-1 lead against Bungay Town Reserves at The Nest earlier this month.
The other two ties are both being played in midweek as the home teams – Walsham-le-Willows Reserves on Tuesday and Long Melford Reserves on Wednesday – make use of their floodlights.
Walsham-le-Willows Reserves were 9-0 winners against Henley Athletic Reserves in round one but progressed to the last eight courtesy of a single goal victory over Claydon in the second round.
Both those wins came at home, the same as their visitors Ipswich Vale Exiles Reserves, who have knocked out Benhall St Mary (3-0) and higher-league Whitton United Reserves (2-1) so far.
Long Melford Reserves had a bye in the first round before beating Bildeston Rangers 4-2 away, while opponents Framlingham Town have also scored four in each of their ties to date.
They defeated Macron SIL side Halesworth Town Reserves, who are running away with Macron SIL Intermediate B, 4-1, before knocking out holders Woodbridge Town away by the same scoreline.
Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Finals: Old Newton Utd Res v Stowmarket Town Res (2pm), Coplestonians Res v Lakenheath Res (2pm).
Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Finals: Walsham-le-Willows Res v Ipswich Vale Exiles Res (7.45pm).
Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Finals: Long Melford Res v Framlingham Town Res (7.45pm).