Woodbridge hope to reverse result

WOODBRIDGE travel to Southwold in the semi-final of the Suffolk Plate tomorrow hoping to reverse last year's defeat at the same stage. Southwold are always a tough prospect on their home pitch and despite only having an average season in EC2, the cup tends not to follow league form.

WOODBRIDGE travel to Southwold in the semi-final of the Suffolk Plate tomorrow hoping to reverse last year's defeat at the same stage.

Southwold are always a tough prospect on their home pitch and despite only having an average season in EC2, the cup tends not to follow league form.

The winners will meet Haverhill in the final on March 10.

Woodbridge have recovered with two recent wins after a poor run either side of Christmas.


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Coach Adrian Foulger has named a strong side and all of last week's three injury worries are included, although two appear on the bench.

Nick Woodley returns to the second row and is joined by Alex Brigginshaw, allowing Percival, who will be team captain as club stalwart Ian Rafferty is unavailable, to return to his favoured No 8 slot.

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Ali Sutor also returns to the back row with Jon Crowther unavailable.

The backs are reshuffled with Jamie Smith taking over at stand off and Michael Bredenkamp looking after Smith's normal full back role.

Bredenkamp makes his full first XV debut having impressed as a replacement at Ipswich last week.

Woodbridge team: Harris, Andrews, Roberts, Woodley, Brigginshaw, Sutor, Gray, Percival (capt), Johnson, Smith, Manning, Rautenbach, Harper, Kimber, Bredenkamp. Reps: Dumbill, Cooke, Illingworth.

Ipswich YM Hawks visit Mistley tomorrow for a friendly fixture.

The YM side will be keen to pit themselves against opposition riding high in Merit League 1 and it will be a good test for all the new, young players trying to establish their place in the team.

New signings Lambert and Linch will start along with club stalwart Colin Woolacott.

Matt Quinton returns to lead his side in what he will hope will be a return to winning ways after last week's frustrating draw with Felixstowe.

Ipswich have no game this weekend, but will be using the time effectively.

Following a video session in the week, the first XV will undergo yet another intensive training session at Humber Doucy Lane tomorrow.

Coach Andy Skipper said: “I was very happy with our match against Colchester on Saturday, not just the 44-5 scoreline, but our much-needed turnaround in form from the previous weekend.

“All the team stepped up their game, with Ben Goodall having a player-of-the-match performance.

“I sat down with the players on Tuesday night for our video analysis of the match, so the players could see the difference from when we play with no structure.

“There are still some more small changes which need attention if we are to emulate this success against Bury in the Suffolk Cup, but we now feel much closer to the standard required.”

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