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Town is urged to get behind AFC Sudbury

AN Ipswich Town XI head to AFC Sudbury in the Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday.

AFC Sudbury manager Marc Abbott has called on the town to get behind his side in Tuesday’s Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup tie.

Abbott’s side face an Ipswich Town XI in the second round at the MEL Group Stadium, with Ipswich having conceded home advantage as they do when drawn out first in the competition.

Abbott, whose side lost 2-1 at home to Stamford to leave them in 19th place in Pitching In Southern League Premier Central, said: “We know they will be a young side, whether it is 16s, 18s or 21s, but they will bring a good group of players here.

“Our priority is quite apparent and that is to stay in the league at Step 3, but we want to win every game and we set up to win every game.

“We know it will be a good fixture and a good occasion and we hope there will be lots of Academy players come down – boys and girls – that look to come and support the team.

“We hope that the town can get down to the ground and support the players and create an atmosphere.”

Abbott said of the opposition: “They will want to come here and perform as there will be players that are looking to get scholarships or pro contracts and we know they will have a clear tactical identity.

“They will have technical attributes that some of our boys have got – we have obviously got a few boys that have come from Ipswich – and we are well aware of the test that we will face but hopefully we can show we are a good side as well.”

The winners of the tie will be away to Ipswich Wanderers in the quarter-finals, while Felixstowe & Walton United will host Hadleigh United and Lowestoft Town will entertain Leiston.

AFC Sudbury players celebrate a goal at home to Wroxham during last season’s promotion-winning campaign. However, it will be  much-changed AFC Sudbury side who face Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Wednesday evening’s scheduled second-round tie between Long Melford and Needham Market has been postponed.

This is because Needham will be involved in an Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Replay versus Peterborough Sports at Bloomfields on Tuesday evening.

The winners of the Long Melford versus Needham Market match will have a home tie versus Stowmarket Town in the last eight.


Midweek Fixtures



Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Ipswich Town XI v AFC Sudbury at AFC Sudbury (7.45pm).



Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Long Melford v Needham Market – postponed.

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