Cup hopes get blown away

SOCCER: The worst gales for many years played havoc with last Sunday's football. Only 28 of the 64 ties in the Suffolk Sunday Shield and Sunday Trophy were finished – and will be replayed this week.

By Elvin King

SOCCER

THE worst gales for many years played havoc with last Sunday's football.

Only 28 of the 64 ties in the Suffolk Sunday Shield and Sunday Trophy were finished – and will be replayed this week.

It was certainly no laughing matter, with serious injury a possibility from falling trees or tiles.

But there was a comical situation in the Volunteer v Stowmarket Eclipse reserves match in the Trophy, when a gentleman of rather large proportions agreed to stand on the back of a pegged-down portable goal.

Most Read

Everything worked to order until a huge gust blew both goal and man some distance into the air.

Thankfully neither were damaged. Sensibly, the game was then abandoned by Woodbridge-based referee Louis Dawson.

FORMER Felixstowe Town striker Danny Bloomfield scored two goals "guesting" for Cambridge City in the Dr Martens League last Saturday.

Bloomfield, who was released from a contract with Norwich City in the spring, is on the books of Bournemouth.

But when not included in the Dorset club's plans he is able to be "loaned" out. He scored with his left foot and head against Hednesford Town in a 2-2 draw on Saturday, being denied a match-winning hat-trick by an outstanding late save.

CLAYDON recently held their first seniors five-a-side tournament. Held at their new Blue Circle Sports Ground training site entries came from as far afield as Wisbech.

The winners of the 18-34 age group came from Claydon's own senior team, captained by Wes Ball. Runners-up were Claydon Reserves.

In the 35-plus group, the winners also came from within the village with Peter Knighton's Claydon Veterans team finishing ahead of runners-up Needham Market Cricket Club.

Claydon has been successfully running junior tournaments for a number of years and following their amalgamation with Claydon Juniors it was felt that the time was right to introduce a senior tournament.

The organisers would like to thank all the teams, referees and helpers for making the day a great success and the club is already looking forward to next year.

To try and avoid the rain that affected this year's event, it is anticipated the next one will be held in August 2003. Clubs etc who want to be consided should e-mail Jan@claydonfc.co.uk so their names can be added to the invitation list.

LEISTON have announced the resignation of Barry Spall, who has been involved with the club for 45 years as player, manager and until Monday chairman.

He was instrumental in the club's step up to the Jewson League. He has decided to pursue other things.

Vice chairman Brian Short has also stepped down with Andy Crisp and Peter Mayhew both unanimously elected chairman and vice chairman respectively by the committee.

CAPEL Plough, Suffolk's only representative in the FA Sunday Cup, have reached the second round and travel to Hertfordshire this weekend to play Belstone at Medbourn ground, Radlett. The kick-off is 1pm.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter