COUNTY cup action returns across four different competitions this weekend.
There are two matches in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup on Saturday.
Waveney and Old Newton United will hope that it is third time lucky after their two previous attempts to play their second-round tie were thwarted by the weather.
The tie, originally due to have been played at Waveney, has been switched to Old Newton United’s ground, as per county cup rules.
They will both be vying for a place in the last eight of the competition, while Ipswich Wanderers and Henley Athletic kick-off an hour later looking to book their place in the final four.
Wanderers and Henley are both enjoying successful seasons in their respective leagues – Wanderers top Division One South of the Thurlow Nunn League, while Henley sit second in the Macron SIL Senior Division – so an interesting tie is in store. Henley Athletic players are pictured above celebrating a goal against Cornard United in last season's competition. Photograph: Amy Gilson.
Saturday afternoon also sees the remaining third-round tie in the Parkers Pitches Suffolk Junior Cup taking place.
Thurston, currently bottom of Division Two of the SIL, will start as underdogs when they host Tattingstone, who are second in Division One.
The match was due to take place on the Saturday before Christmas but was postponed. The winners will be away to Sporting 87 in the last eight.
On Sunday it’s the quarter-finals of this season’s Suffolk Women’s Cup, with all four ties scheduled to take place at 2pm.
AFC Sudbury will be looking to see if both their first and Reserve teams can make it through to the last four of the competition.
The Reserves entertain Bungay Town of the Norfolk Women’s & Girls’ Football League, while the first team are at Brantham Athletic.
Needham Market and Haverhill Rovers, who both play in Division One North of the Eastern Region Women’s Football League, will start favourites to progress against their respective opponents Woodbridge Town and Brett Vale, both from the Suffolk Girls’ & Women’s Football League.
There are also two ties in the second round of the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup, and both are local derbies.
BOCA Norman Warriors entertain fellow Lowestoft side Waveney Athletic, while Cockfield United have home advantage against Walsham-le-Willows.
Bury Town beat Bury Town Reserves 7-0 to book their place in the third round last Sunday.
The only other fixture to take place last weekend saw Suffolk Sunday Trophy holders Wamil Wasps exit this season’s competition, after a 1-0 third round loss at Chantry Phoenix.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Second Round: Waveney v Old Newton Utd at Old Newton Utd FC (2pm).
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter-Final: Ipswich Wanderers v Henley Athletic (3pm).
Parkers Pitches Suffolk Junior Cup Third Round: Thurston v Tattingstone Utd (2pm).
Kick-offs 2pm unless otherwise stated:
Suffolk Women’s Cup Quarter-Finals: AFC Sudbury Res v Bungay Town, Brantham Athletic v AFC Sudbury, Haverhill Rovers v Brett Vale, Needham Market v Woodbridge Town.
Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Second Round: BOCA Norman Warriors v Waveney Athletic, Cockfield Utd v Walsham-le-Willows.