High hopes for Portman Road finals

IF THE Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup final is played at Portman Road, Hadleigh United will have a big advantage over opponents Grundisburgh.The Ridgeons League club have been drawn to take the home dressing room - and with Ipswich Town only losing one home league match in the last 12 months they will certainly start with good vibes.

Elvin King

IF THE Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup final is played at Portman Road, Hadleigh United will have a big advantage over opponents Grundisburgh.

The Ridgeons League club have been drawn to take the home dressing room - and with Ipswich Town only losing one home league match in the last 12 months they will certainly start with good vibes.

Discussions are still taking place to decide whether the Senior and Junior Cup - between Old Newton and Cockfield - finals will take place at Portman Road.


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Suffolk FA secretary Martin Head said today: “All four teams are willing to wait and see if Portman Road will become available.

“They could have played at Notcutt's Park, Woodbridge sooner if they had wanted, but understandably they are happy to wait. Both final venues are still up for grabs.”

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Promotion-chasing Had- leigh will have to work hard to prevent mid-table Downham Town upsetting the applecart in the First Division tomorrow.

Hadleigh were second best in a 1-1 draw at Downham last month. Hadleigh then face a huge game at champions-elect Tiptree on Monday.

Manager Steve Jay expects to have London-based defender Daniel Oakes back in action.

In the Premier Division, Woodbridge Town play at Kirkley tonight, while in the Metaltec SIL joint leaders Brantham and Melton St Audry's have tough games.

The former are at home to fifth-placed Leiston St Margarets with the latter travelling to in-form Coplestonians.

Failure by BT Trimley to beat Stowupland Falcons will surely sentence them to join Haughley United in relegation.

Metaltec SIL leading scorers Senior Division: Julian Beaumont (Melton St Audry's) 33, Darren Harper Grundisburgh) 29, Intermediate Divisions: Ricky Thurlow (Capel Plough) 25, Paul Miller (Grundisburgh) 19. Divisions One to Three: Carl McCarthy (Woodbridge Athletic) 27, Andrew Richards (Parkside) 25. Divisions Four and Six: Robbie Stannard (Tattingstone) 27, Paul Adams (Woolverstone) 26.

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