Whitton's prepare for big night

LOCAL SOCCER: Whitton United have one of their biggest games of the season when they take on Premier Division Soham Town Rangers in the second round of the Jewson League Cup.

LOCAL SOCCER

WHITTON United have one of their biggest games of the season when they take on Premier Division Soham Town Rangers in the second round of the Jewson League Cup.

They were unable to upset Enfield Town when they played them in the FA Vase, and will relish the chance of competing against another side from a higher grade of football.

Whitton's form has been impressive this campaign in the Jewson League First Division although they were disappointed at losing on penalties to Cornard United in the Suffolk Senior Cup last Saturday.


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Soham, who expect to have Ben Webster, the son of Ipswich Town goalkeeping coach Malcolm, in goal are a well-organised side who comfortable beat Ipswich Wanderers in the previous round on their last visit to Ipswich.

Whitton have already put out 2001/02 Vase finalists Tiptree in the League Cup.

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Youngsters like Rene Swann and Jorrell Hurd have been earning rave reviews for Whitton and have a chance on a wider stage tonight.

Hadleigh 2 Somersham 3

HADLEIGH gave Somersham a three-goal start in the Jewson League Cup.

The home side, who had been disappointing for most of the while, found their shooting boots in the last ten minutes but too late to make any difference.

The Cambridgeshire side went ahead with a lob by Egan after 29 minutes. A foul by goalkeeper Donovan on Egan gave away a penalty in the 69th minute and Osborne increased the lead from the spot.

There was further gloom for Hadleigh two minutes later as an unmarked Egan made it 3-0.

Hadleigh opened their account in the 81st minute with an own goal. Almost immediately a shot from Dennett was pushed out by goalkeeper Gibbs and Welton converted the loose ball.

There was almost a dramatic equaliser for Hadleigh in stoppage time as Gibbs made a brilliant diving save to keep out a shot from Godbold.

Ipswich Wanderers 0 Woodbridge 1

WOODBRIDGE progressed to a home game against Stanway in the Millennium Trophy courtesy of a late strike from ex-Wanderer Ben Miller.

This was a tight and hard fought local derby. The second half saw the tempo increase with both keepers making saves before Miller scored from a curling 88th minute free-kick.

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