BT Trimley seek another cup scalp

BT Trimley have the best record of any junior club in the Metaltec SIL Omnico Cup.They reached the final two seasons ago before losing to Crane Sports, and have collected a number of notable senior scalps over the last few seasons.

By Elvin King

BT Trimley have the best record of any junior club in the Metaltec SIL Omnico Cup.

They reached the final two seasons ago before losing to Crane Sports, and have collected a number of notable senior scalps over the last few seasons.

Tomorrow they visit Grundisburgh, who are competing with Haughley United for the SIL Senior Division championship.

Can they make it another day to remember?

Robbie Ward, who is assistant manager to Richard Page, is hopeful.

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“Grundisburgh are a very good side and we know it won't be easy,” he said. “But it will be 11 against 11, and we had our confidence boosted last weekend when we beat Framlingham to go top of Division One.

“Gaining promotion is our main priority, but a cup run helps to keep the momentum going and we hope to give Grundisburgh a game.”

BT just missed out on promotion to Stowupland Falcons last season, and they gained some revenge by beating them in the previous round of the Omnico Cup.

Previous manager Phil Greenhalgh moved on to Westerfield last month, with Page taking over the reins with Ward as his assistant.

A player with Waterside Works, Stutton and BT before going into management and coaching, Ward confirmed that he and Page have a full squad to select from.

And it will be a big game for striker Stuart Broad, who lives in Grundisburgh and previously played for the senior club.

He has formed a successful goalscoring partnership with converted midfielder Ben Arnold, who is now available full time after finishing university.

Stonham Aspal also have a chance to become giantkillers when they entertain Coplestonians, while Leiston St Margarets visit Cranes and Old Newton take on Cockfield.

The other two junior sides left in the competition are John Bull and Wenhaston, and they are due to meet at the YM ground, Rushmere.

Haughley United have a chance to gain revenge for last week's league defeat when they meet Felixstowe United.

Clubs have been asked by the league to explore every avenue to get Omnico matches played tomorrow - even if it means switching venues. If matches are postponed teams should try again next Saturday.

In the Ridgeons League, Woodbridge play host to Wroxham, with Joe Francis in the side after his initial trial with Ipswich Town.

Needham Market can go top of the Premier Division with a four-goal victory over Stanway Rovers at Bloomfields, while Felixstowe and Walton United can build on a good win against Diss last weekend by gaining a double over Clacton Town.

In the First Division, Whitton's home game against Tiptree might depend on the high wire fence separating their pitch from the road being repaired in time - with Hadleigh knowing they will leap frog Walsham and go third if they beat the village side.

Alternatively, a win for Walsham would see them go top - if Ely and Swaffham lose.

IPSWICH Borough Council have postponed all matches on their pitches this weekend.

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