THREE semi-final places are waiting to be claimed in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup on Saturday.
Ipswich Wanderers booked their spot in the final four of this season’s competition thanks to a 2-0 victory over Henley Athletic last Saturday, but who will join them?
The three Suffolk reserve sides who ply their trade in the Thurlow Nunn League are all still in the competition – and all three have home ties.
AFC Sudbury Reserves, who play in Division One South, entertain Macron SIL Senior Division side Old Newton United.
Leiston Reserves host Beccles Town of the Anglian Combination Premier Division and fellow Division One North side Needham Market Reserves welcome East Bergholt United of the SIL Senior Division.
You have to go back to the 2009-10 season for the last time a ‘reserve’ team reached the final. Team Bury, who were effectively Bury Town’s Reserve side, beat Capel Plough 2-0 in the final.
But with three reserve teams remaining in this season’s competition there’s a good chance that could change.
However, Beccles Town have beaten SIL opposition away from home in both their matches so far in this season’s competition, while Old Newton United have scored ten goals in their two ties. Old Newton United (yellow & blue shirts) are pictured above in action in the quarter-final of the 2019-20 competition against Ipswich Wanderers (blue shirts) who went on to win the cup.
East Bergholt United, meanwhile, have already knocked out higher-league Haverhill Borough and were impressive 5-0 winners away to Sudbury Sports.
The draw for the semi-finals will be announced during BBC Radio Suffolk’s Non-League Hour on next week’s Thursday Night Sports Social.
It’s the third round of the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup on Sunday afternoon, with seven ties scheduled following the withdrawal of Beccles Caxton.
Capel Plough, runners-up in both 2012-13 and 2103-14, visit Bury Town, who won the competition in each of the following two seasons.
Whitton United and Woodbridge Town, the side they have defeated in the past three finals, both have home advantage, against Waveney Athletic and Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds respectively.
The quarter-final draw will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Non-League Hour next Thursday.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter-Finals: AFC Sudbury Res v Old Newton Utd (2pm), Leiston Res v Beccles Town (3pm), Needham Market Res v East Bergholt Utd (4pm).
Kick-offs 2pm unless stated:
Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Third Round: AFC Kesgrave v Ipswich Revolution, Bury Town v Capel Plough, Coplestonians v Beccles Caxton – Home Win Walkover, Lowestoft Town v AFC Hoxne, Occold v Hadleigh Utd, Walsham-le-Willows v Cornard Utd, Whitton Utd v Waveney Athletic, Woodbridge Town v Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds.