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Six clubs look to reach first final

SIX clubs in Saturday’s Suffolk Primary Cup Quarter-Finals have not reached the final before.

SIX of the eight clubs in Saturday’s McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Quarter-Finals have not previously reached the final.

Wickham Market Reserves and Great Blakenham, who face each other, have previously played in the final.

Wickham Market’s first team won the competition in both the 1952-53 and 1974-75 seasons, losing the 1972-73 final inbetween, while Great Blakenham were runners-up in the 1948-49 season.

Wickham Market Reserves sit in mid-table in Macron SIL Intermediate A, while Great Blakenham Chequers occupy second spot in Division Three.

The other six clubs will be aiming to move within one victory of a first appearance in the final of this competition.

Gipping Gnats, who are enjoying a fine season and are top of SIL Division Four, host Division Three side Bardwell Sports, who sit fourth in their table.

Hope Church are struggling in 10th spot in Division Three with just one win in 16 league games but have scored 11 goals while winning through three rounds in this competition.

They will be hoping to continue their good cup form at home to Framlingham Town ‘A’ of SIL Intermediate B.

Kesgrave Kestrels, third in Division Three, travel across the county to Lakenheath Casuals, the only side from outside of the SIL.

Lakenheath Casuals have shown impressive form in this season’s competition, finding the net 12 times while only conceding once in their three ties so far.

Action is pictured above from the second-round match in November between Stowupland Falcons Reserves (yellow shirts) and Lakenheath Casuals (navy blue shirts) which Lakenheath Casuals won 4-0.

The draw for the semi-finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk during the Non-League Hour next Thursday, March 10th.

It’s also quarter-finals day in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup on Sunday afternoon, with sides from the Ipswich area involved in all four ties.

Holder Whitton United go to Occold and AFC Kesgrave make the trip up the Suffolk coast to face Lowestoft Town.

Capel Plough entertain Woodbridge Town and Coplestonians have home advantage against Walsham-le-Willows.

The draw for the semi-finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk during the Non-League Hour next Thursday, March 10th.

Earlier in the day the first of this season’s semi-finals take place when AFC Claydon host Thurston in the last four of the Suffolk Sunday Trophy.

In the only county cup match played on Wednesday evening Long Melford Reserves defeated Framlingham Town Reserves 1-0 to reach the semi-finals of this season’s Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup.

The tie between Walsham-le-Willows Reserves and Ipswich Vale Exiles Reserves that was postponed on Tuesday evening due to a waterlogged pitch has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 15th, kick-off 7.45pm.

The draw for the semi-finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk and the Suffolk FA Twitter feed from 8.30pm on Thursday night.


Midweek Result

Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Final: Long Melford Res 1 Framlingham Town Res 0.


Weekend Fixtures

Kick-offs 2.30pm unless stated:



McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Quarter-Finals: Gipping Gnats v Bardwell Sports, Hope Church v Framlingham Town ‘A’, Lakenheath Casuals v Kesgrave Kestrels, Wickham Market Res v Great Blakenham Chequers.



Suffolk Sunday Trophy Semi-Final: AFC Claydon v Thurston (10.30am).

Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Quarter-Finals: Capel Plough v Woodbridge Town, Coplestonians v Walsham-le-Willows, Lowestoft Town v AFC Kesgrave, Occold v Whitton Utd.

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