Bramford desperate to overcome Achilles heel and reach Suffolk Senior Cup semi-finals

Last season's Suffolk Senior Cup winners, Waveney

Last season's Suffolk Senior Cup winners, Waveney - Credit: Su Anderson

Bramford United will have to accomplish something they have not been able to do in three attempts this season, if they are to reach the Suffolk Senior Cup semi-finals, beat Achilles.

Adam Waspe’s fourth-placed side Senior Division side have lost twice in the league and once in the Bob Coleman Cup to Luke Hillyard’s third-placed side, conceding 16 goals in three games.

Ironically, the heaviest of those defeats came on their home turf, 7-1 in the league, the venue for Saturday’s quarter-final.

Waspe, whose side have also lost once each to the top two, Henley and Cranes this season, said: “We have struggled against Achilles this season and are yet to beat them.

“Saturday’s game is going to be another tough one as they are going well in the league and there are still some other good teams in the competition too.

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“We want to do well in the competition as we are too far adrift in the league.

“We have had another solid season, but we can’t quite reach the top-three teams.

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“But we are gradually improving and are going in the right direction, but we have been inconsistent at times and that has cost us points in the league.

“We have still to find that level of consistency and there have been games unfortunately, where we have not been at the races.”

In Saturday’s other quarter-finals, there is an all Thurlow Nunn First Division match-up in store at Notcutts Park, when Woodbridge Town entertain Haverhill Borough.

Another Thurlow Nunn Division One side, AFC Sudbury Reserves, meanwhile, go to SIL champions Cranes, whilst Capel Plough host Leiston St Margarets in the other tie.

The final will be played at Portman Road on Sunday April 30.

In Division One of the SIL on Saturday, second host third as Sporting ‘87 entertain AFC Hoxne in a crucial game at the top,

Sporting are sat on 40 points after 17 games played and have a game in hand on Hoxne, who are a further two points behind.

Both team will still feel they can catch leaders, Claydon who, after 18 games, have 42 points and go to 11th-placed Trimley Athletic.

Fourth-placed Benhall St Mary, seven points behind the leaders, with a game in hand, host eighth-placed Trimley Red Devils.

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