Bury Town and Leiston go head-to-head, while Needham Market is postponed, on busy non-league night

Leiston's Darren Mills (Blue) in action against Bury last season

Leiston's Darren Mills (Blue) in action against Bury last season - Credit: Lucy Taylor

There is a mouth-watering tie in prospect at Ram Meadow tonight, as Bury Town entertain Leiston in the first round of the Ryman League Cup.

Both teams go into the game with two wins and a draw from their first three games as they plot different missions this summer.

Ben Chenery’s Blues are looking to make an immediate return to the Ryman Premier Division, while Leiston, managed by former Bury boss Richard Wilkins, will hope that this year could be their year to reach the play-offs at least, following two near misses.

Elsewhere, last season’s runners-up AFC Sudbury host Brightlingsea Regent in the preliminary round of the League Cup, tonight (7.45pm).

Jamie Godbold’s hosts have enjoyed a superb start to the season, winning their first three Ryman North games of the season, including tough encounters at Cheshunt and Dereham Town.

Sudbury made it all the way to the final of the competition two years ago, eventually losing 3-0 at Maidstone United.

League rivals Brightlingsea have made a modest start to the season, taking four points from a possible nine, but will feel confident going into tonight’s game at the Wardale Williams Stadium, having completed the double over the west Suffolk outfit in the league last season.

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