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Eight county cups start this weekend

THERE’S a busy weekend of county cup action ahead with ties in eight different competitions.

THERE’S a busy weekend of county cup action ahead with ties in eight different competitions.

Only one of those is on Saturday when the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup get under way for the 2023-24 season.

Holders Hadleigh United Under-23s (one of a raft of sides competing as an U23 side rather than a Reserve side after the Thurlow Nunn League’s switch to an U23 League) face neighbours Cornard United.

Beccles Town Reserves, who Hadleigh United Reserves beat 1-0 in last season’s final, entertain Ransomes Sports Reserves.

The following morning the Portable Space Suffolk Mixed Youth Cups get under way, with matches in the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18 competitions.

Then on Sunday afternoon there are 20 first-round matches scheduled in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup including several local derbies.

Kesgrave Kestrels entertain AFC Kesgrave, while in Lowestoft Waveney Athletic welcome Waveney, BOCA Norman Warriors play Pakefield Dynamos and ETC Lowestoft host Lowestoft Casuals.

In the west of the county Bury Town take on West Gate Elks, while in the east it is Coplestonians versus Ipswich Wanderers and Ipswich Vale Exiles v Whitton United. 

Holders Woodbridge Town start their defence of the cup with home tie against Occold.

Woodbridge Town (black & white striped shirts) and Haverhill Rovers (red shirts) are pictured above lining-up before the start of last season’s final at Needham Market FC.


Weekend Fixtures



Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup First Round: Framlingham Town U23s v Lowestoft Town Res (7.45pm).



Kick-offs 2pm unless stated:

Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup First Round: Beccles Town Res v Ransomes Sports Res, Brandon Town Res v Henley Athletic Res, Bungay Town Res v Whitton Utd U23s, Claydon Res v Leiston St Margarets Res, Coplestonians Res v Debenham LC Res, East Bergholt Utd Res v Stowmarket Town U23s, Hadleigh Utd U23s v Cornard Utd Res (3pm), Haughley Utd Res v Ipswich Wanderers U23s, Sporting 87 v Lakenheath U23s, Stowupland Falcons Res v Trimley Red Devils Res, Walsham-le-Willows U23s v Old Newton Utd Res, Waveney Res v Long Melford U23s, Wickham Market Res v Halesworth Town Res, Woodbridge Town U23s v Bildeston Rangers Res – Home Win Walkover.



Kick-offs 10.30am unless stated:

Portable Space Mixed Under-12 Cup First Round: AFC Sudbury Blue v Cornard Dynamos Red, Kirkley & Pakefield Royals v Achilles Rangers, Town Youth v Brandon Town Community, Stowupland Falcons Yellow v Bures Utd, Mildenhall Woodbridge Town White v Corton Hawks.

Portable Space Mixed Under-13 Cup First Round: Cornard Dynamos Red v Lavenham, Haverhill Rovers Yellow v Brandon Town Community, Leiston EJA v Kirkley & Pakefield Royals, Waveney Lions v Beccles Town Bees.

Portable Space Mixed Under-14 Cup First Round: Brandon Town Community v Haverhill Rovers Gold, Elmswell Youth v Long Melford Colts, Haverhill Rovers Black v Bury Town EJA, Haverhill Rovers EJA v AFC Sudbury EJA, Haverhill Rovers Red v Bury Town Community Lions, Kesgrave Kestrels v Ipswich Wanderers EJA, Leiston EJA v Beccles Town Bees, Maritime v Woodbridge Town, Needham Market Phoenix v Stowmarket Town Hornets, Uplands Utd v Waveney Thundercats, Walsham-le-Willows Warriors v Needham Market EJA, Waveney Tigers v Lowestoft Town.

Portable Space Mixed Under-15 Minor Cup First Round: Beccles Town Bees v Waveney Jaguars, Beccles Town Dragonflies v Kirkley & Pakefield Conquerors, Beccles Town v Framlingham Town Knights, Brantham Athletic v Cornard Dynamos, Bures Utd v Lavenham, Bury Town EJA v Brandon Town Community,  Eye Saints Youth v Capel Plough, Kirkley & Pakefield Crusaders v Leiston EJA, Moreton Hall Youth v AFC Sudbury Blue EJA, Needham Market Phoenix v Needham Market EJA.

Portable Space Mixed Under-16 Cup First Round: Capel Plough v Brantham Athletic EJA, Cornard Dynamos Red v Needham Market EJA, Haverhill Rovers Blue v Lakenheath Youth, Haverhill Rovers Green v AFC Sudbury Yellow, Haverhill Rovers White v Bury Town EJA, Kirkley & Pakefield Knights v Lowestoft Town, Walsham-le-Willows Wolves v Long Melford Colts Black, Waveney Tigers v Leiston EJA.

Portable Space Mixed Under-18 Cup First Round: Bury Town Community Bulldogs v Lakenheath Youth, Bury Town EJA v Haverhill Rovers Black, Haverhill Rovers Red v Redgrave Rangers, Long Melford v Holbrook Hornets Youth, Needham Market Phoenix v Witnesham Wasps Yellow.

Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup First Round (kick-offs 2pm): AFC Chelmondiston v Ipswich Vale Exiles Res, Aldeburgh v Spexhall Huntsmen & Hounds, BOCA Norman Warriors v Pakefield Dynamos, Bramford Utd v Hadleigh Utd, Bury Town v West Gate Elks, Bury Town Res v Stour Valley, ETC Lowestoft v Lowestoft Casuals, Coplestonians v Ipswich Wanderers, Ipswich Park v Trimley Sports & Social Club, Ipswich Vale Exiles v Whitton Utd, Kesgrave Kestrels v AFC Kesgrave, Long Melford v AFC Sudbury – Away Win Walkover, Old Newton Utd v Hoxne Res, Sole Bay Utd v Framlingham Town, Trimley Sports & Social Club v Ipswich Revolution, Walsham-le-Willows v Eye Saints, Waveney Athletic v Waveney, Wickham Market v Lowestoft Town – Away Win Walkover, Woodbridge Town v Occold, Woolverstone Utd v Foxhall Town.

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