Cedars Park typify magic of the Omnico Cup

FOOTBALL: There’s the FA Cup, the FA Vase and then the SIL Omnico Cup.

While every cup competition offers a certain amount of magic and romance, these three competitions go the extra mile.

While the Vase gives comparative small clubs a chance to reach Wembley Stadium and have the time of their lives, the FA Cup and the Omnico are wonderfully unique.

Instead of being based at a certain level of the game – like all the Suffolk FA County competitions – they mix senior with junior and the haves with the have nots giving an opportunity for some genuine giantkilling.

It’s fitting that the ‘big boys’ enter the Omnico Cup over the Christmas period adding more star dust to the occasion.


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And there will be no club in the country eagerly awaiting a fixture as much as Cedars Park from the SIL Division Five who travel to the plush Badingham Road ground of Senior Division Framlingham Town for Tuesday’s third round tie (kick-off 1.30pm).

Formed last year, this will be Stowmarket-based Cedars Park’s first encounter with senior football, and manager Andy Kirk miss out on all the fun.

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But don’t feel too sorry for him as he’ll at the MCG watching England trying to retain the Ashes against Australia in the fourth cricket test in Melbourne.

And with his assistant Mick Colman possibly having to work it could be general manager Billy Hall who will be in charge of a team that went through last season losing just one game in gaining promotion from the Sixth Division.

“It’s been a bit tough for us this time around,” said secretary Jamie Abbott a bit tongue in cheek. “We’ve lost a couple of matches in the league already although we’ve beaten Ufford and Willis from higher divisions in cup matches.

“Framlingham will obviously start favourites but you never know what might happen on the day.”

Formed when a number of players left Stowupland Falcons, Cedars Park have been well served by free-scoring strikers Tommy Lankester and Steve Holland while Danny Moore has netted seven goals from left back in 11 appearances.

“We have players like Simon Anderson who has played at a high level for Stowupland and we’re chuffed with the draw and there will be a certain pride in our performance.”

Cedars are running a coach for players, officials and supporters.

Nine of the 14 ties scheduled to take place on Tuesday involve Senior Division teams with four all senior games involving Achilles against Coplestonians, Felixstowe United versus Ipswich Athletic, Grundisburgh at home to Stanton and Melton St Audry’s against Old Newton.

Apart from Cedars Park, there are four other games involving junior and senior sides with Mendlesham facing holders Ransomes Sports, AFC Crowley locking horns with Westerfield United, Sporting 87 travelling to East Bergholt and Thurston journeying to Woodbridge Athletic.

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RECENT Kingsley Healthcare SIL transfers: Shaun Cridland (Stonham to Ufford), Toby Jackson (Sizewell Associates to Saxmundham), Gareth Kidd-Stanton (BROB to AFC Brickmakers), Marcus King (Walsham to Stanton), Aaron Morley (AFC Crowley to Stowupland Falcons), Tiago Canha (St Johns to Woodbridge Athletic), James Robertson (Melton St Audry’s to Woodbridge Athletic), Richard Ward (Sproughton to Felixstowe United), James Warren (Grundisburgh to Westerfield), David Winship (Trimley Red Devils to Felixstowe United).

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