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There will be a new name on the Trophy this season following yesterday semi-final matches. Holders Henley were beaten on penalties by Debenham, whilst Suffolk Senior Cup finalists Trimley Red Devils were well beaten 5-1 by Tattingstone at Bourne Vale.

The final will be played on April 26th at Woodbridge Town FC with a 7.30pm kick off.

MORRISON FREIGHT CUP SEMI-FINAL
TATTINGSTONE UNITED 5 TRIMLEY RED DEVILS 1
TATTINGSTONE SCORERS:
Ashley Blow 4 mins
Jack Baker 57 mins
Ivan Buxton 64, 76 & 85 mins
TRIMLEY SCORER:
Curtis Harvey 90 + 7 mins (pen)
REFEREE: Chris Whitley
ATTENDANCE: 79
Tattingstone reached the final of this competition for the first time with a comprehensive win over a Trimley side are left to concentrate on their Suffolk Senior Cup final in an effort to lift some silverware this campaign.
The home side were in the ascendancy from the off and took the lead early on when their top scorer Ashley Blow drove home a 25 yard free-kick into the bottom corner for his 17th goal of the season.
Lesal Thompson headed over from a Chris Baker long throw shortly afterwards before Tattingstone suffered a blow quite literally when their goalscorer limped off.
Little was see of Trimley in attack before Ross Driver had an effort which home keeper Josh Hender tipped onto a post.
The game then became quite scrappy though Tatt still looked the more threatening with Isaac Keinzley going close with a header just before the break.
Tatt continued to hustle the talented young Trimley side out of their rhythm on the resumption with substitute Kyle Ferguson driving narrowly wide.
The hosts had brought in Jack Baker for the tie and this paid off when the former Hadleigh and Brantham man flicked home a header from an Ivan Buxton cross to double the advantage.
Josh Knights could have pulled a goal back immediately only for Ollie Seward to make a great block. Shane Murphy thundered an effort which struck the Tattingstone bar and then Curtis Harvey was denied by Tatt keeper Josh Hender.
However, just as it seemed Trimley would pull a goal back Baker worked an angle to cross for Buxton who headed in at the far post.
Ricky Coleman was inches away from adding another before he pulled a ball back to Buxton who powered home another header.
Buxton then completed his hat-trick with a superb volley from a Marius Aitkens corner.
Harvey pulled a goal back from the spot deep in injury time after a foul on Aaron Durrant.
A fine performance from the hosts who will take on Debenham in the final.

Double delight for Ransomes as they edge out Saints
Paul Deacon
24 Mar – 07:19
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COPY
Leiston St Margarets 0 Ransomes Sports 2
After Ransomes pain of a derby defeat last time out, the gain was a 5th win in six as they saw off the home side with a 2-0 triumph. It wasn’t easy for the visitors. They were unable to name eleven players ahead of this fixture, and it was hard to escape the focus on who was not available. The situation was hardly ideal but the team selected provided a simple solution to this complex problem by ultimately winning the game.
It was Ransomes who constructed the early sequences but Clouting in the Saints goal was well placed to tip over. Opportunities were rare for both sides after that but then, on 18 minutes, Leigh Cooper was wheeling away in celebration of his first goal for the club. It was engineered by Matt Oxbrow with a precise lay-off and Cooper threaded a crisp low drive past Clouting from 20 yards to give Ransomes the initiative.
Leiston St Margarets were given the opportunity to curtail those celebrations five minutes later, the catalyst being a redemptive mistimed tackle from Lamon Haynes-Sparkes after he miscontrolled a routine interception in the box. Doyle stepped up to take the spot kick for Leiston having already had a penalty saved in the reverse fixture, and cue the same outcome as Charlie Langham pulled off an instinctive save low to his right as Ransomes maintained their slender lead.
It became a test of Ransomes defensive steel from this point, and despite the hosts possession, there was never a suggestion that they had the guile or craft to score a goal.
Leiston St Margarets continued the theme of making life easy for the visitors following the interval. They had their bright spells, but the quality of their final ball was a frequent cause for consternation as it was always over-hit, and this gave Ransomes the much better control in their final third. Saints continued to have more of the possesion, but struggled to convert it into clear-cut chances as Charlie Langham enjoyed a relatively routine afternoon up until this point. Although the home side threw on plenty of attacking options, the hosts struggled to impose themselves on the game, and Ransomes did a job on them – they made sure of the win on 80 minutes.
Keiron Double’s run down the flank saw him send a low ball from the right which somehow reached Keiran Turner and, centre of goal, his left foot shot found the bottom corner to add to the visitors lead.
It was a blow to Leiston. They needed to shake their heads clear, and it came as no surprise when Ransomes presented them with their best scoring opportunity of the half. The strange thing about this game was that Leiston had laboured throughout the entirety of this game, but when Matt Oxbrow was found guilty of overplaying and robbed, Charlie Langham spared his blushes with a brave block otherwise, it felt as if it could have turned into a nail-biting finish.
There was a flurry of late corners and a couple of deflections but nothing on target – Leiston continued to mis-fire. Ransomes had refused to panic and that said everything about the poise and belief that has been instilled into this new look side. Suddenly the final whistle blew, and that was that.

COPS OFF THE BOIL IN GOALLESS ENCOUNTER
Haughley United 0 Coplestonians 0
(Cops are sponsored by Venue 16 and BP Electrical)
Probably the windy conditions and bouncy pitch didn’t help but both sides failed to shine in this rather drab encounter. Haughley looked the most dangerous in the first period especially on the right hand side where Ross Turner had his work cut out to prevent the danger. Keeper Ben Riddleston dived to save a cross but the resultant loose ball was fired towards the net, fortunately for Cops, Grant Monaghan was well placed to clear off the line. Riddleston made another fine save before a further shot was deflected wide. Cops were not without their chances in the first half and both Nay Woollard and Baden Holmes fired over the bar when well placed.
After the break Cops improved and Ronaldo Wright fired just wide as he latched onto Jordan Godbold’s cross. Jonny Linard’s shot was deflected wide as both sides tried their best to break the deadlock. Wright rose well to meet Jack Severy’s corner but failed to test the keeper. In the event neither keeper had a shot on target to save in the second half and the game rather petered out into a disappointing draw. Riddleston had another solid game for his new Club whilst Turner and Josh Howe showed up well. Lewis Owen was perhaps the pick of the side today with a solid all round performance at the back.

SIL & MORRISON FREIGHT CUP ROUND UP
Debenham will face Tattingstone in the Final of the Morrison Freight Cup on Friday April 26th at Woodbridge after both ties were decided on Saturday.
Debenham eventually went through 4-3 on penalties as they knocked out holders Henley. Ashley Rankin gave the Hornets the lead before Clark Bruce equalised from the spot. There were no further goals after the break as the Hornets progressed in the shoot-out.
A second half hat-trick from Ivan Buxton helped Tattingstone to their first final as they beat visitors Trimley Red Devils 5-1.
Back in the Senior Division Ransomes remain in second as goals from Leigh Cooper and Kieran Turner and a penalty save from Charlie Langham helped them win 2-0 at Leiston St Margarets.
Zach Elseidy hit a hat-trick for East Bergholt in their 5-1 win over Wickham Market. The Greens other goals came from Charlie Askew and George Watson
Stowupland returned to winning ways by beating Sporting 87 1-0 while Haughley and Coplestonians played out a goalless draw.
Thurston moved a step nearer promotion to Senior football as they beat visitors Cockfield 3-1. Taylor Hastings notched a brace with the Bluesocks’ other goal coming from Ollie Ward.
Somersham failed to move into second with Achilles holding them to a 2-2 draw at Salmet Close while in the other Division One game played Capel Plough beat Saxmundham 2-1.
In Division Two Sporting 87 Reserves remain top despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Claydon. Sam Kingston and Cameron Brown netted for Sporting.
Kirton moved up to second and a point behind following a 3-0 win over Ipswich Athletic.
Kesgrave Kestrels and Wenhaston are a point further back. Ryan Milbourne and Harry Fricker were among Kestrels goalscorers in a 3-1 win at improving Stonham Aspal while Owen Wilkinson and Connor Excell were on the mark for Wenhaston in their 2-0 win at Elmswell.
Finally Great Blakenham had a walk over against Bardwell when the home side failed to muster a full side and the game was called off half an hour before kick off.

Tony Stone
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Morrison Freight Cup Semi-Final: Debenham LCFC 1-1 Henley Athletic FC (Debenham 4-3 on pens)
Disappointing, is probably the best word to describe the day, certainly from a Henley viewpoint, but in all honesty, even from a Debenham viewpoint, whilst their victory will be rightly remembered and celebrated, this was a game which had little or nothing to commend it. Hence the relative paucity of my notes and this extended opening paragraph, which serves no other purpose other than to pad out this report a little.
Pre game both sets of supporters were discussing that the wind would probably have an affect on the match, and they were right, the high winds causing issues for both sides, and robbing the game of any semblance of the quality that both sides are usually able to display.
With the wind behind them, Henley had the best of the opening minutes, Bruce glancing a header wide. But it was Debenham who struck first, taking the lead after 13 minutes, a mishit back pass, swirling in the wind, causing Spurling problems, which Rankin was only too happy to take full advantage of, getting to the ball first and rolling home for 1-0. Henley piled on the pressure forcing a series of corners and looked to have equalised after 23 minutes when White fired home from the edge of the box, but the referee disallowed it due to a perceived high foot, judged to be adjacent to a stooping Debenham head moments earlier.
But Henley weren’t to be denied for long and after 30 minutes drew level, Tejano fouled and Bruce keeping his cool, even when the wind blew the ball off the spot, to slot home the resulting penalty for 1-1.
After the break, Debenham had the advantage of the wind behind them, creating the lions share of chances, but neither keeper found themselves unduly challenged as the game descended into a scruffy midfield exchange, with both sides unable to retain possession or find a quality ball. Indeed my first note of the 2nd half wasn’t until the 87th minute when Debenham broke through, their 1st effort hitting the bar and the rebound fired straight at Spurling with the goal gaping. Almost immediately after, a knock on from Field saw Hillyard through on goal, but he dragged his shot wide of the post, the game finishing 1-1 and going to the lottery of penalties. Debenham keeper Read winning the game for the home side, with two fine saves to Spurling’s one, seeing Debenham progress to the final 4-3 on penalties.
So, a real game of two halves, Henley having the better of the first, and Debenham, simply working harder to dominate the second. Their keeper Read a deserving MOTM with Bull getting the Henley award on his 100thappearance. All at Henley wish Debenham luck in the final.