Stoke hope to make home advantage count

STOKE by Nayland will be hoping that home advantage in tomorrow's Stenson Shield quarter-final tie will enable them to avenge their Hambro Cup defeat at the hands of Fynn Valley at Witnesham.

By Tony Garnett

STOKE by Nayland will be hoping that home advantage in tomorrow's Stenson Shield quarter-final tie will enable them to avenge their Hambro Cup defeat at the hands of Fynn Valley at Witnesham.

Valley have Suffolk regular Chris Smith available once again, while Jamie Abbott will also be taking part. Stoke bring Ian Carter into their squad for this match round the Constable course.

It should be a tremendous battle between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, with the West Suffolk club having home advantage.

Ipswich are blending into a powerful unit with few team changes over the past year apart from the arrival of Neil Meadows in their ranks. Andrew Thompson has joined the Hambro squad.

Bury, perhaps smarting from a comprehensive Hambro defeat at Aldeburgh, will be more effective in their own parkland setting.

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Bungay are becoming a real power when playing at home, with Phil Vincent proving hard to beat. Hintlesham are also a very competitive unit so their match promises to be a keen tussle.

Stowmarket blend youth and experience against a team from The Suffolk which has remained much the same for a couple of years and will certainly not suffer from stage fright.

Stenson Shield third round teams

Bungay and Waveney Valley v Hintlesham.

Bungay: Phil Vincent, Doug Muttitt, James Williams, Tom Bonner, Alastair Hall, Mick Hill, Robert Long, Dickon Housman, Nairn Black and Alex Cameron.

Hintlesham: Phil Westley, Adrian Meredith, Trevor Hellyer, Matt Ransome, David Leach, Clive Lawley, Jerry Procter, Joe Cardy, Nigel Redding and Jack Cardy.

Bury St Edmunds v Ipswich.

Bury St Edmunds: Chris Wright, Dean Fairweather, Matt Fordham, Tom Stephenson, Dan Wilson, Billy McQueenie, Andy Collett, Chris Whyatt and Roger Nicholson.

Ipswich: Ian Brown, Neil Meadows, Graham Wardley, Ben Farthing, Paul Barnard, Jack Jowers, Daniel Bryett, Gavin Richards, Chris Gooding and Andrew Thompson.

Stoke by Nayland v Fynn Valley.

Stoke by Nayland: Michael Swan, Liam Brace, Scott Brace, Owen Pearl, Paul Whittle, Paul Pengelly, Rob Murray, Ian McKay Greg Hills and Ian Carter.

Fynn Valley: Jamie Abbott, Chris Smith, Bradley Wilkins, Warren Goddard, Aaron Bowen, Paul Dobson, Hugo Dobson, Andy Munro and Daniel Hedges.

Stowmarket v The Suffolk

Stowmarket: Paul Buckle, Martin Darling, Sam Forgan, Ben Forgan, Nathan Overton, Kenton Jameson, Chris Underwood, Dean Tricker, Patrick Spraggs and Peter Green.

The Suffolk: Tim Pakenham, Simon Byford, Mike Greener, Steve Lankester, Doug Frew, Gary Last, Marcus Lee, Richard Tungate and Barry Scarfe (captain).

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