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Quarter-final time in five county cups

IT’S quarter-final time in five different county cup competitions this weekend.

IT’S quarter-final time in five different county cup competitions this weekend.

Three of the four last-eight ties in this season’s CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup are taking place on Saturday afternoon.

It will be a big day for Trimley Red Devils, who will be bidding to reach the last four for the first time when they entertain AFC Sudbury Reserves at Stennetts Playing Field.

The Red Devils are enjoying a fine season, sitting second in the Macron SIL Senior Division, but know they will have their work cut out if they are to progress at the expense of last season’s runners-up.

AFC Sudbury Reserves sit fifth in Division One North of the Thurlow Nunn League, but have lost their last two league games, albeit both to second-place Great Yarmouth Town.

The only other representative from the Thurlow Nunn League are Leiston Under-23s, who have home advantage versus SIL visitors Haughley United.

Both teams are struggling near the foot of their respective divisions and the possibility of a semi-final place will be a welcome boost.

Leiston Under-23s were losing finalists to Ipswich Wanderers just two years ago, while Haughley last reached the final in the 2015-16 season, losing 3-2 to Waveney.

Bungay Town (who lost 3-0 to Woodbridge Town) were finalists the following season, and the Fosters Solicitors Anglian Combination Division One side travel to Henley Athletic in this season’s quarter-finals.

Henley look on course for a third successive SIL Senior Division title, but they have yet to appear in a Senior Cup Final, something they are keen to rectify.

Bungay are currently second on goal difference in their league, with 10 wins in 14 matches and will go ahead of Holt if they win their game in hand so should not be taken lightly.

Henley Athletic (red shirts) are pictured above in action during their 4-3 victory at Cornard United (blue shirts) in their second-round tie last October. Cornard led 3-0 before Henley scored four times without reply to go through.

The other tie – an all-SIL affair between Coplestonians and East Bergholt United – is scheduled for next Saturday.

The first two Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Finals on Saturday see SIL sides have home advantage in both.

Claydon Reserves, currently ninth in Division Two, welcome Brantham Athletic Under-23s, who are fifth in Division Four of the Essex & Suffolk Border League.

Halesworth Town Reserves are going well in SIL Division Three, occupying second place with eight wins in 11 matches, but are up against a Beccles Town Reserve side bidding for a fourth final appearance in five seasons.

Beccles Town Reserve are fourth in Division Two of the Anglian Combination and having unfinished business will spur them on.

Moreton Hall Ferals will be aiming to keep on course to retain the Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Cup when they travel to Bacton United 89 on Sunday.

Previous winners Kitchener Taverners will be looking to book their place in the final four when they host Borussia Martlesham, who have yet to appear in a final.

AFC Bergholt, the 2020-21 runners-up to Kitcheners, travel to Bourne Vale United in another all-Ipswich Sunday Football League tie.

The other tie pits two Bury & District Sunday League Division One sides against Ipswich other as Godolphin host Baltic United.

There are three East v West clashes in the Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Shield Quarter-Finals.

Taverners, who top Division One of the ISFL, welcome Stoke By Clare of BDSL Division Two, while league leaders Bedfield take on Real Suffolk, who are fourth in ISFL Division One

Bury Bowl, another BDSL Division Two outfit, head across the county to face Shotley Rose, who sit second in ISFL Division Two.

Thetford Wanderers, fourth in Division Two, are at home to seventh-placed Moreton Hall 96 in the one in all-BDSL tie.

Six of the remaining eight sides in the Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Trophy Quarter-Finals are from the BDSL, with the AFC Dragonfly versus Risby Greens and Bury United versus Haverhill Ex-Servicemen’s Club ties guaranteeing the league at least two semi-finalists.

Division Two sides Eye Saints Youth and Gardeners Arms, who are at home to Barton Mills and Chedburgh respectively, will be aiming to ensure the ISFL has some representation in the final four.


Weekend Fixtures



CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter-Finals: Henley Athletic v Bungay Town (2pm), Leiston U23s v Haughley Utd (3pm), Trimley Red Devils v AFC Sudbury Res (2pm).

Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Quarter-Finals: Claydon Res v Brantham Athletic U23s (2pm), Halesworth Town Res v Beccles Town Res (2pm).




Kick-offs 10.30am unless stated:


Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Cup Quarter-Finals: Bacton Utd 89 v Moreton Hall Ferals, Bourne Vale Utd v AFC Bergholt, Godolphin v Baltic Utd, Kitchener Taverners v Borussia Martlesham.

Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Shield Quarter-Finals: Bedfield Utd v Real Suffolk, Shotley Rose v Bury Bowl, Taverners v Stoke By Clare, Thetford Wanderers v Moreton Hall 96.

Best Badges Suffolk Sunday Trophy Quarter-Finals: AFC Dragonfly v Risby Greens, Bury Utd v Haverhill Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Eye Saints Youth v Barton Mills, Gardeners Arms v Chedburgh.

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