This weeks matches were marked with a minutes silence in respect of Maurice Scrivener who passed away last week, this was much appreciated by his family, his wife Amanda was at the Sen Cup match between Leiston U23 and Haughley, while his son ,Lee, witnessed the match between Trimley Red Devils and AFC Sudbury Res.
Three of the four Semi-Finalists were decided in the Suffolk Senior Cup with two sides going through after penalty shoot-outs.
Trimley Red Devils defeated Step Six side AFC Sudbury Reserves after twice coming from behind to level the game at 2-2. Nathan Baker snatched the second equaliser in the 97th minute. Trimley went on to win 3-1 on penalties.
There was also spot-kick drama at Henley where the home side drew 1-1 with Anglian Combination Division One side Bungay before the Black Dogs prevailed 4-3 in the shoot-out. Clarke Bruce netted Henley’s goal in normal time.
Leiston Under 23s also went through after coming from behind to see off visitors Haughley 4-1. Alex Simpson put the SIL side in front before Leiston replied with two goals from Matt Mullis and one each from Eliot Young and Tom Stacey.
The other Quarter-Final tie will take place next Saturday between Coplestonians and East Bergholt. The two sides met in the league at the weekend and played out a 1-1 draw. Arron Greenwood opened the scoring for Bergholt before Jordan Godbold levelled.
Halesworth moved to within a point of second-placed Trimley following a 2-0 win at Debenham. Ransomes are still on the same number of points as Halesworth after a 3-2 success against Wickham Market. Drew Connick netted a brace for Ransomes before Richard Dunne hit an injury-time winner. Adrian Butnaru and Lewis Dyer scored for Wickham.
Goals from Jaydyn Huggins, Ash Blow and Lesal Thompson helped Tattingstone to a 3-0 win over Claydon. Also in the Senior Division Sporting 87 beat Old Newton 5-2 at the Victory Ground and Leiston St Margarets won 2-1 at Stowupland.
In Division One a hat-trick from Brandon Salisbury helped Thurston to a 5-1 win at Bacton. Andrew Wood and Jamie Barclay also scored for the Blue Socks who have now not lost a league game in two years.
Somersham remain in third following a 2-1 triumph at home to Achilles. Saliou Camara netted for the visitors.
Kamron Lord grabbed the only goal of the game in second half added time as AFC Kesgrave beat Saxmundham. Cockfield also had a 1-0 against Woolverstone while Stanton lost 2-1 at home to Grundisburgh.
Sporting 87 Reserves lead the way in Division Two after a 3-1 win over Elmswell. Wenhaston move up to second as they defeated Bardwell 4-0. Two goals each from Alex Biondi and Caleb Swan helped Kesgrave Kestrels beat Stonham Aspal 7-0.
Coplestonians Resevers defeated Great Blakenham 4-2 and finally Ipswich Athletic’s improvement continues as they beat Ipswich Wanderers Development 2-1.

Suffolk FA Senior Cup: Henley Athletic FC 1-1 Bungay Town FC (Bungay win 3-4 on penalties)
A crowd of 119, including a large and friendly contingent from Bungay and groundhoppers from as far afield as Eastbourne, saw Henley bow out of the Senior cup in a penalty shootout, following a competitive 90 minutes which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Henley started well, playing some neat passing football and dominating the early play. Van Oene came close to giving Henley the lead after 19 minutes, but his left foot strike hit the foot of the post with the keeper beaten. Bungay couldn’t keep Henley out for much longer though and on 33 minutes the home side took the lead that their play had deserved, Bruce scoring with a well-directed header from a Tejano cross to make it 1-0. Minutes later the Bungay keeper made a terrific save to tip over a fierce shot from White.
Sadly the match took a turn for the worse for Henley at this point when they lost influential Skipper and centre half Storey to injury and were forced into a reshuffle. Bungay had their 1st real opportunity of the game shortly after, Spurling diving athletically to catch a free kick, seeing the score remain 1-0 at HT
Bungay came out clearly pumped up for the 2nd half and looked a much stronger proposition, applying pressure to Henley from the off. The makeshift home defence digging deep to repel waves of attacks. However at the other end the visiting keeper again proved the hero as he dived to tip round a curling effort from Ablitt.
As the game progressed Bungay were pinning Henley back into their own half, a series of corners applying the pressure, with only 10 minutes remaining Spurling made a great block, the rebound struck back and striking the top of the bar. The brave Henley defence was finally breached after 84 minutes, Spurling adjudged to have fouled whilst coming out to clear and Shreeve scoring the resulting penalty to bring the scores level at 1-1. Bruce came achingly close to winning the game in the 93rd minute, his shot on the turn flashing millimetres wide of the post, but it wasn’t to be and the game descended to the lottery of a penalty shootout. The Bungay keeper saving two to Spurling’s one, seeing the visitors progress to semis with a 3-4 victory on penalties.
Henley didn’t take advantage of their 1st half dominance, failing to extend their lead whilst in control of the game, despite which, prior to the enforced reshuffle, they were flying, the midfield of Van Oene, Cowan and Tejano setting the tempo, Tejano just coming out on top in the MOTM vote. But all credit must go to Bungay, they never gave up, not even for a second, their workrate, commitment and sheer determination found them a route back into the game and after 90 minutes a draw was certainly a fair result. Penalties are always a heartbreaking way to exit a competition, but we wish Bungay good fortune in the remainder of the competition. They should perhaps feel bolstered by the fact that in the last three seasons, we’ve been knocked out by the eventual winners of this competition.

Added time goal caps win for Ransomes
Paul Deacon
21 Jan – 07:44
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Ransomes Sports 3 Wickham Market 2
Nothing is ever simple for Ransomes Sports as Ricky Dunne snatched victory in style with 92 minutes on the clock. Just as it seemed Ransomes, 2-1 up at the interval but pegged back for a second time to 2-2 after the break, had gone up in flames, they exploded into life in the final quarter and roared with relief with Dunne’s incredible late winner. Wickham Market were left crestfallen as Dunne and his teammates cranked up the celebrations, but there was yet another preposterous climax to this football match. There was still time for further drama as Ransomes had to survive a few hairy moments.
With three more minutes left on the clock, and Ransomes never too far from crisis, Wickham Market roused again when a driven shot at goal came off Lamon Haynes-Sparkes outstretched foot, but Charlie Langham proved to be Ransomes’ saviour as he reacted, at full stretch, to thwart the goal bound deflection at the expense of a corner which was then defended with all of Ransomes outfield players in the penalty area along with the visiting goalkeeper. The visitors could not respond and Ransomes claimed all three points.
Both team’s leaky defence this season was a factor in this match and Wickham Market set the tone with a panicked clearance at the fourth attempt in only the third minute, a situation that could easily have been avoided. The uncertainties that have set in were laid bare but Ransomes failed to take advantage in what was ultimately to become a disjointed performance from both sets of players.
Wickham Market wasted potential as Guedes fired over and then Drew Connick fired wide of the far post for Ransomes as both teams looked patently low on the consistent quality required in front of goal. When it mattered though, Ransomes won the opening battle after 23 minutes when Brandon Archer floated over a corner that openly invited an aerial battle. In the end it met no such competition as Drew Connick rose high before heading past Bevans.
Wickham Market answered Connick’s opener and parity was restored on 26 minutes after Ransomes conceded an unnecessary free kick wide left, just inside their own half. From the resultant delivery, Butnaru made the telling connection to level the match at 1-1. This was followed by the perfect riposte as Ransomes regained the lead on 28 minutes. The second goal was more direct. A searching clearance over the top by Neil Calver picked out Drew Connick who got behind the Wickham Market back line to calmly lift his shot over the advancing Bevans.
That goal looked the perfect reset for Ransomes but instead, they offered scant resistance as they forgot their lines. In that period, up until half-time, Wickham Market emerged the side with more intent and desire as Ransomes drifted, but the visitors were blunt in front of goal during a dominant period of the game for them.
Wickham continued to probe after the interval and Guedes hit a stinging drive straight at Charlie Langham before they eventually equalised for a second time on 55 minutes through Dyer.
Central to much of Ransomes inspiration on the afternoon was the return of Drew Connick, but somehow, the home side struggled throughout to clank into gear. There were slips, misplaced passes and attacks that spluttered away to nothing. Wickham Market were much the same but at least their strength, both on and off the ball, pushed Ransomes into desperate measures at times.
When Drew Connick rounded Bevans after 71 minutes it required a last-ditch tackle from substitute Davison to deny him his hat-trick and from that point, the game opened up to favour Ransomes. They flickered during these final exchanges and when Adam Todd lifted his shot high when a little more composure would have served him better, the thought occurred that Ransomes might regret spurning such a chance. As it was, it didn’t matter because Ricky Dunne was able to thump home an added time winner at the second attempt following Ransomes upping the ante. Although Wickham Market went tantalisingly close to a third equaliser in the match, the result was a reminder to Ransomes of the way things used to be after a run of three consecutive defeats.
Yes, Wickham Market will feel a sense of injustice in not getting anything from this game but they did give Ransomes a leg-up as thry allowed the hosts to gather that late momentum which ultimately won them the game.

Greens keeper on top form to deny Cops.
East Bergholt United 1 Coplestonians FC 1
(Cops are sponsored by Venue16 and BP Electrical)
The home keeper made a series of fine saves in the second half to keep Cops at bay whilst Roan Tucker (sponsored by Scott Clarke Vehicle Services) also excelled for Cops at the other end!
The Greens could have been in the lead within a minute when their new striker lifted the ball over Tucker only to see the ball hit the post then cleared by a defender.
Cops responded and Scrivener dived full length to save a shot from Jordan Godbold after good work from Ronnie Wright. Cops had a good spell when Jack Severy put in a series of quality crosses but Cops couldn’t take advantage. In a scrappy first half neither side managed to control the play. HT 0-0.
After the break the game opened up and Tucker saved well before Scott Fryer shot over the bar for Bergholt. However, the home side kept up the pressure and were rewarded when a blocked shot fell to Aaron Greenwood who fired home from close range.
Going a goal down sparked Cops into action as Godbold shot straight at Scrivener. At the other end Tucker came out well to save before a good break by Brad Sayer saw his cross easily saved. Ronnie Wright had a shot saved before Cops pressure told when Lewis Owen’s cross was knocked home by Jordan Godbold (sponsored by Rushmere Golf Club).
Cops looked at this point that they could win the game but Scrivener denied them with a fantastic double save; he first denied Wright with a fine diving save and then recovered to tip over Severy’s goal bound shot. Scrivener was not finished as he then saved from Godbold to earn his side a point.
The home side could have snatched the win when Greenwood went on a run of Forest Gump proportions but ultimately the chance was squandered.
The sides resume their efforts next week when East Bergholt visit the Doucy in the Suffolk FA Senior Cup.
MOTM: Lewis Owen
Dodgy Knees nearly scupper the game.
Coplestonians Reserves 4 Great Blakenham Chequers 2
(Cops are sponsored by Greenscape Energy)
This game nearly didn’t go ahead as my old Officiating mate, Graham McKay, was unable to operate with his dodgy knees on the 3G pitch. So, the game took place on the rather inferior grass/mud surface adjacent to the multi thousand pound facility.
Fortunately this didn’t affect the result of the game for Cops. Jack Tierney, Champagne Charlie Pyett (sponsored by Ipswich Microwave Centre), Jude Pelling and Connor MacKay (sponsored by Wolfe Powell) with a delightful chip were all on the scoresheet as Cops moved back to joint top of the table!
Photo is of Lewis Owen, the Cops midfield man who had a fine game for Cops today in the 1-1 draw at East Bergholt.