SIL preview: Huge incentive for Benhall and Bourne Vale, and Bob Coleman Cup ties could spring a suprise


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Achilles have returned to the top of the Suffolk & Ipswich League senior division table after a weekend that saw results go their way, as they enjoyed a fine win themselves.

The Ipswich-based side beat Haughley 3-2 at Salmet Close and returned to the dressing rooms to find out previous leaders Henley had suffered a 2-3 defeat at home to East Bergholt.

It meant only Bourne Vale in the top seven, along with Achilles, won last weekend – Cranes were in Bob Coleman Cup action, beating Stanton 4-1.

Achilles are also in BCC action, where we are down to the last eight, and they will face a stiff test at Halesworth Town, in one of three ties this weekend.

Halesworth may play two divisions below Achilles, but with a plethora of good players, they are top of Division Two, unbeaten in the league, and have already knocked out senior sides East Bergholt and Haughley out of the BCC.

Henley travel to Bacton United 89, who put 14 past Ipswich Valley Rangers in an earlier BCC tie. Bacton are third in a very competitive division one and will offer Athletic a good test.

Cops and Westerfield is the final tie of the last eight, a tough one to call with both sides very capable on their day.

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Back in the Senior Division, the big game of the weekend is at Benhall, where third meets fourth, as the Badgers entertain Bourne Vale.

With the top two, Achilles and Henley, in cup action, the winner of this game will go top – quite an incentive.

Cranes will be wary of an East Bergholt team who produced a fine result at Henley last weekend, as they travel to Gandish Road, while at the bottom the trap door is firmly open for Grundisburgh.

The village side look set to drop into junior football for the first time since 1981 after they were well beaten at Leiston St Margarets last week. Not that Grundisburgh won’t stop fighting and this weekend they entertain Capel Plough.

Wenhaston look set to join Grundisburgh in Division One next season unless they can start to string some results together. They entertain Claydon.

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