IT WILL be a big occasion for Sporting 87 on Saturday.
The Bury St Edmunds-based club, who play at the Victory Ground, will play their first ever match in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup.
Sporting 87, who finally won promotion to the Macron SIL Senior Division at the end of last season after several near misses, will host Trimley Red Devils.
Sporting 87 first-team manager Jonathan Warnock said: “As a club we are delighted to be playing in the CNet Training Suffolk FA Senior Cup for the first time in our history, and obviously we hope this will be a regular thing over the next few years.
“We have a really tough game against Trimley Red Devils who have a reputation for playing good football, but it’s great that we are hosting the fixture at the Victory Sports Ground.”
First-team captain Jarrad Lebbon added: “I know all the players are really looking forward to the first game in the Senior Cup. I’m coming back from an injury from our first game of the season so I’m desperate to play Saturday.”
The tie is one of eleven scheduled for Saturday afternoon, with Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division side Sudbury Sports hosting SIL side Wickham Market on Friday night.
Sudbury Sports (blue shirts) are pictured above in action in their 3-2 victory over Barnston (green shirts) in a league match at the MEL Group Stadium last month.
On Saturday afternoon it will be AFC Sudbury Reserves trying to progress to the second round at the expense of Waveney, the 2015-16 winners of this competition.
SIL sides Leiston St Margarets, Ransomes Sports and Westerfield United will all be bidding to oust Thurlow Nunn League Division One north opponents in Debenham LC, Cornard United and Framlingham Town respectively.
Kirkley & Pakefield beat Benhall St Mary 3-0 last week to book their place in round two alongside Beccles Town, Claydon and Haughley United who received byes through to round two.
The tie between last season’s runners-up Leiston Reserves and losing semi-finalists East Bergholt United will take place on Saturday, October 15th due to Leiston’s first team having a home tie in the Isuzu FA Trophy.
The Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup gets under way on Sunday with 17 first-round ties.
These include holders Whitton United at home to Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup First Round: Sudbury Sports v Wickham Market (7.45pm).
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup First Round: AFC Sudbury Res v Waveney, Brandon Town v Bungay Town, Coplestonians v Henley Athletic, Haverhill Borough v Brantham Athletic Res, Halesworth Town v Old Newton Utd, Leiston St Margarets v Debenham LC, Needham Market U23s v Bildeston Rangers, Ransomes Sports v Cornard Utd, Sporting 87 v Trimley Red Devils, Westerfield Utd v Framlingham Town.
Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup First Round: BOCA Norman Warriors v Ransomes Sports, Bury Town v AFC Sudbury, Bury Town Res v Eye Saints Youth, Cockfield Utd v Lowestoft Town, Coplestonians Res v Woodbridge Town, ETC Lowestoft v Henley Athletic – Home Walkover Win, Framlingham Town v Stowupland Falcons, Haverhill Rovers v Hadleigh Utd, Ipswich Park v Waveney, Ipswich Vale Exiles Res v AFC Kesgrave, Ipswich Wanderers v Beccles Town, Kedington v AFC Hoxne, Kesgrave Kestrels v Occold, Somersham v Sole Bay Utd, Stoke By Nayland v Foxhall Town, Westbourne Warriors v Wickham Market, West Gate Elks v Mildenhall Town, Whitton Utd v Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds.