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A dozen finalists will book places

TWELVE more of this season’s county cup finalists should be known by Sunday tea-time.

A DOZEN of this season’s county cup finalists should be known by Sunday tea-time.

A busy weekend of action starts with the first McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Semi-Final on Friday evening when Macron SIL Division Four sides Gipping Gnats and Coplestonians ‘A’ meet at AFC Sudbury.

Gipping Gnats sit second in the table and Coplestonians ‘A’ tenth, with both sides having won four ties to reach the final four.

Coplestonians ‘A’ required a 9-8 penalty shoot-out victory over Assington Stanley following a 1-1 draw to advance in the last round, while Gipping Gnats have scored at least twice in each round.

Woodbridge Town FC are hosting the second semi-final on Saturday afternoon when Coddenham Athletic meet Brantham Athletic ‘A’.

Coddenham Athletic won a penalty shoot-out 3-0 versus Spexhall Huntsman & Hounds after a 2-2 draw in round one. Since then, the SIL Division Five side have scored 12 goals in three more ties.

Brantham Athletic ‘A’, who sit ninth in Division Three of the Essex & Suffolk Border League, also required penalties to knock-out Needham Market Phoenix in round two but have scored at least twice in each of their three other ties. Brantham Athletic ‘A’ (navy blue shirts) are pictured above during their 2-1 victory over Unity (tangerine shirts) in the third round.

The following day it is the semi-finals of the Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Cup, Shield and Trophy and Veterans’ Cup competitions as well as the MH Goals Suffolk Women’s Cup.

In the Best Badges Sunday Cup Ipswich Sunday Football League side Borussia Martlesham, who reached the quarter-finals of the national FA Sunday Cup, face Premier Logos Bury & District Sunday League side Moreton Hall Youth Ferals, who were last season’s runners-up.

The other tie pits two BDSL Division One sides against each other – Elmswell Athletic, who are fourth, against the 2016-17 and 2017-18 losing finalists Mellis, who are currently ninth and bottom.

Both the ISFL and the BDSL are guaranteed a finalist apiece in the Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Shield.

Bacton United 89, who are second, host fourth-placed Wamil Wasps in the all-BDSL meeting.

Rushmere & Diamonds (4th) welcome fellow ISFL Division One side Westbourne Warriors (8th) in the second semi-final pairing.

The BDSL provides three of the four semi-finalists in the Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Trophy.

Division Three side AFC Dragonfly, sixth, travel to Stowupland Falcons, who occupy fifth position in Division Four.

West Suffolk Wolves, who are second in BDSL Division Three, head to Ipswich to take on Taverners, who have won all 12 of their league games so far and are top of ISFL Division Two.

The semi-finals of the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup sees Haverhill Rovers, the 2013-14 winners, clash with last season’s losing finalists Lowestoft Town at the neutral venue of Bacton United 89 FC.

In the other semi-final Ipswich Wanderers, newcomers to the competition this season, welcome six-time finalists Woodbridge Town.

That match will take place at Humber Doucy Lane after the MH Goals Suffolk Women’s Cup last-four tie involving Needham Market and East Bergholt United.

Needham Market are enjoying a fine debut season in the Premier Division of the Eastern Region Women’s Football League, currently occupying third place.

The thrice losing finalists take on East Bergholt United, who are sixth in Division One South of the ERWFL.

Bungay Town, who like East Bergholt United have yet to appear in the final, will be up against Brett Vale in the other semi-final at Walsham-le-Willows FC.

Bungay are eighth in Division One of the Norfolk Women’s & Girls Football League, while Brett Vale, the 2019-20 losing finalists, are third in the SG&WL Premier Division.

Several Girls’ Youth Cup Quarter-Final ties, which were postponed due to waterlogged pitches a fortnight ago, have been re-arranged for Sunday morning.


Weekend Fixtures



McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Semi-Final: Gipping Gnats v Coplestonians ‘A’ at AFC Sudbury (8pm).



McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Semi-Final: Coddenham Athletic v Brantham Athletic ‘A’ at Woodbridge Town FC (2pm).



Kick-offs 10.30am unless stated:


Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Cup Semi-Finals: Borussia Martlesham v Moreton Hall Youth Ferals, Elmswell Athletic v Mellis.

Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Shield Semi-Finals: Bacton Utd 89 v Wamil Wasps, Rushmere & Diamonds v Westbourne Warriors.

Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Trophy Semi-Finals: Stowupland Falcons v AFC Dragonfly, Taverners v West Suffolk Wolves.

Suffolk Girls’ Under-12s Cup Quarter-Final: Capel Plough v Debenham.

Suffolk Girls’ Under-13s Cup Quarter-Finals: Brett Vale v Haverhill Rovers Red, Cornard Dynamos v Haverhill Rovers Black.

Suffolk Girls’ Under-14s Cup Quarter-Final: Cornard Dynamos v Needham Market Phoenix.

Suffolk Girls’ Under-16s Cup Quarter-Final: Cornard Dynamos v Stonham Aspal.

MH Goals Suffolk Women’s Cup Semi-Finals: Needham Market v East Bergholt Utd at Ipswich Wanderers FC (1pm), Bungay Town v Brett Vale at Walsham-le-Willows FC (2pm).

Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup Semi-Finals: Haverhill Rovers v Lowestoft Town at Bacton Utd 89 FC (2.30pm), Ipswich Wanderers v Woodbridge Town at Ipswich Wanderers FC (3pm).

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