Basketball, volleyball and ice hockey – where to watch great local sport in Suffolk and Essex this weekend

Chelmsford Chieftains Vs Oxford City Stars in the NIHL S1 at Riverside on 26/11/16. Final Score: Che

Chelmsford Chieftains Vs Oxford City Stars in the NIHL S1 at Riverside on 26/11/16. Final Score: Chelmsford 8-3 Oxford #icecoldphotography - Credit: Archant

If you’re looking for exciting, edge-of-your-seat sporting action then you are probably less than inclined to watch an Ipswich Town match at the moment – especially after the FA Cup third round replay embarrassment of this week.

But fortunately there are plenty of other sports clubs in Suffolk and the surrounding counties ready to serve up a feast of drama and thrills – so why not get out and support a local side this weekend?

It is not just football that can provide this – rugby clubs, mixed martial arts and badminton have all featured in our weekend preview in recent weeks, so take a look below and see if any of these fixtures near you take your fancy over the next few days.

Football: Brantham Athletic v Swaffham Town

Sitting nicely in the top half of the table Brantham will see this weekend’s game as an opportunity to push on up the league.

That’s because their visitors are rooted to the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division four points adrift of FC Clacton one place ahead.

A win for Brantham could help them lift their goal difference into positive figures as well as at least maintaining the five-point gap to Saffron Walden Town just below them in 11th.

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Thetford Town and Ipswich Wanderers are also in reach if other results go Brantham’s way.

Swaffham have lost three of their last five with their last two games ending in 5-0 and 3-0 defeats.

They have let in three goals or more on sixteen occasions this term.

Venue: Brantham Leisure Centre, New Village, Brantham, Manningtree, Essex, CO11, 1RZ. Tickets: Adult £7, concession £3. Date: 3pm, January 21

Volleyball: Tendring Men v Leeds

Taking place at the Tendring Technology College this fixture is in the National Volleyball League’s Men’s Division One.

The hosts should be hoping for a comfortable afternoon, positioned as they are in second place compared to Leeds’ sixth position.

However the visitors do have three games in hand over the Essex side, so a win would be vital to help stave off any potential charge from the Yorkshire side later in the season.

It would also help Tendring chase down Team Essex Blaze, currently top of the division but only by two points. Cardiff Celts in third are not far behind either.

Tendring are in good form though, with four wins from their last five matches.

Venue: Tendring Technology College, Rochford Way, Walton on the Naze, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, CO13 0AZ. Date: Noon, January 22.

Ice hockey: Chelmsford Chieftains v Solent Devils

The year did not get off to a great start for the Chieftains.

They won their last five of 2016 but then lost and drew against Invicta Dynamos on consecutive days at the start of January.

Fortunately the two games last weekend, away at London Raiders then home to MK Thunder, both yielded victories.

Thunder are Sunday’s opponents this weekend, but first up is a home tie against Solent Devils on Saturday.

They have only accumulated nine points so far this season and are second from bottom of the eight team league.

They also have the worst form of all the teams in the division, having won their last match but losing the four previous fixtures – the only team to have done so.

It could be a profitable weekend for Chelmsford as MK Thunder are only one place above Solent Devils, 18 points behind the Essex league leaders, and with only two wins from their last five matches.

Venue: Riverside Ice and Leisure, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1FG. Tickets: Adult £10.50, under 16 £5.50, student £6.50, family (two adults and two under 16s) £27, armed forces free (via Tickets for Troops website). Date: 5.40pm, January 21.

Basketball: Ipswich u18 men v Brentwood Leopards

Ipswich basketball Club is just known for the success of its senior men’s team – the academy sides are also at the top of their games.

This weekend one of the teams in action at Copleston is the men’s under 18 side.

There is quite a disparity between them and their opponents this weekend, Brentwood Leopards.

The visitors are bottom of the league, without a win this season, and two points adrift of ninth-placed Shoeburyness Scorpions, while Ipswich are top by four points.

The sides also have, respectively, the worst and best points difference in the under 18 men’s east division of the National Basketball League.

This is a great chance to see some of the club’s stars of the future in action in what should be a very exciting match – hopefully ending with victory for the hosts, who have lost just twice in their 12 games this season.

Venue: Copleston Centre, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LR. Date: 3pm, January 21.

If you would like to see your team’s next home fixture listed here email edmund.crosthwaite@archant.co.uk with details including start time, match venue and price of tickets.

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