SIL Division One leaders Claydon aim to shock Senior Division Stanton in Bob Coleman Cup

The winning Achilles squad that beat Haughley United 4-2 to win the Bob Coleman Cup last season

The winning Achilles squad that beat Haughley United 4-2 to win the Bob Coleman Cup last season - Credit: James Ager

The attention turns to the Bob Coleman Cup on Saturday in the Suffolk & Ipswich League, with a number of lower-division sides plotting shocks.

Division One sides Benhall St Mary and Trimley Red Devils are at home to Senior Division teams, Felixstowe Harpers United and East Bergholt United, whilst fellow Division One team, AFC Kesgrave go to Capel Plough.

The biggest shock of the day could come at Cedars Park, who currently sit fifth in Division Two. They host Senior Division team Coplestonians.

Division One leaders Claydon meanwhile, seeking a return to the top-flight – following relegation in 2015 – entertain Senior Division team, Stanton.

Manager Kenny Kennedy took over the first-team in the summer and had to build a squad from scratch, so to be where they are in the league is quite an achievement.


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“It’s been pretty good so far, but we are not getting carried away,” he said.

“When I walked into the club in July, we had five players so there has been a massive amount of work take place and we have recruited a decent side.

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“It’s all about keeping the players focused now, we don’t want them to get complacent.

“Our target, now we are in the position we are, is to return to the Senior Division, and if we win promotion I’ll be a happy man.”

Looking ahead to the game with Stanton, Kennedy added: “It’s a welcome distraction – a lot of people are talking us up in the league and Stanton are an established Senior Division side, so it will be a good test for us.

“If we want to win the Bob Coleman Cup, we are going to have to beat Senior Division sides, and it is a tough ask, but we want to get as far as we can and we won’t be rotating our team or anything like that.”

There are two all-Senior Division ties as Crane Sports entertain Haughley United and Wenhaston United welcome Westerfield United.

In the Senior Division, Bramford United host high-flying Achilles, the reigning Bob Coleman Cup champions, and Ransomes Sports go to Leiston St Margarets.

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