Close to the Quarters

While we wait for the last team to reach the last-16 of the Essex & Suffolk Border League Knockout Cup, there is no time to ponder as clubs prepare to face each other this weekend for a place in the Quarter-finals. Here’s a preview of all the upcoming ties in Round Three;

Barnston vs Flitch United – Saturday 24th April, 12.30pm

Barnston and Flitch United will kick start round 3 this weekend in an all-Premier Division tie as both sides meet at High Easter Road. The hosts were given a BYE in the opening round of the competition before facing Holland ‘A’ in the second round, beating the Division One with ease as they won 5-nil. Flitch United were also given a BYE in Round One before being drawn against Felsted Rovers in the following round. The Premier Division side squeezed into the 3rd round against the Division Three side, with a 4-3 win on penalties, following a 0-0 draw.

Tiptree Heath vs Stanway Pegasus – Saturday 24th April, 1pm

An all-Premier Division tie will see Tiptree Heath welcome Stanway Pegasus to Stanway School. Tiptree Heath have made it through to the Third Round without conceding a goal as they eased into each round. In the opening round, they made the most of their divisional-difference as they beat Rowhedge 7-0 before facing Premier Division side Dedham Old Boys, beating them 4-0. Stanway Pegasus didn’t play in the opening round as they were given a home-walkover against University of Essex before going up against Division One Cressing United in the Second Round, winning 6-1 to reach the last-16.

Lawford Lads vs Sudbury Sports – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Lawford Lads face Sudbury Sports on Saturday in another all-Premier Division tie. Lawford didn’t play in the 1st round of the cup as they were handed a BYE but faced Premier Division leaders Gas Recreation in the second round. The hosts pulled off an upset as they edged a 5-goal thriller, beating Gas Rec by 3-goals to two. Sudbury Sports eased through round one, making the most of their divisional-difference as they thrashed Division One Hedinghams United 8-0 before facing Wormingford Wanderers midweek. The Division led for a good portion of the match but were undone in the end, losing 2-1 to Sudbury.

Tiptree Jobserve vs Harwich & Parkeston Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Division One Tiptree Jobserve will be home for the second time in a row during the knockout cup as they welcome Harwich & Parkeston Reserves to Colchester United’s Florence Park Training Ground. The hosts squeezed through both rounds to get to this stage, narrowly avoiding an upset and causing an upset. A 6-5 penalty shootout was enough to see them through against Division Two side Harwich Rangers while they won 1-nil against Premier Division Earls Colne to progress to this stage. Harwich & Parkeston Reserves avoided an upset in the opening round as they beat Division Three Sporting Rebels by 2-goals to one before easing into round three with a huge win over Stillwaters, scoring 9 with juts two responses.

Tiptree Heath vs Stanway Pegasus – Saturday 24th April, 1pm

An all-Premier Division tie will see Tiptree Heath welcome Stanway Pegasus to Stanway School. Tiptree Heath have made it through to the Third Round without conceding a goal as they eased into each round. In the opening round, they made the most of their divisional-difference as they beat Rowhedge 7-0 before facing Premier Division side Dedham Old Boys, beating them 4-0. Stanway Pegasus didn’t play in the opening round as they were given a home-walkover against University of Essex before going up against Division One Cressing United in the Second Round, winning 6-1 to reach the last-16.

Thorpe Athletic vs Colne Athletic – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Thorpe Athletic remain one of the lowest ranked side in the competition, representing Division Three alongside Kelvedon Social. The Division leaders welcome Premier Division Colne Athletic to Kirby Playing Fields. Athletic overcame Division Two opposition in the opening round, beating Tollesbury by 3-goals to one before returning home to face Premier Division Great Bentley, where they eased into the next round with a 4-nil win. Colne Athletic were given a BYE in the First Round before facing Division One side Silver End United in the Second Round. The visitors thrashed the lower-division side 6-1 on the road.

White Notley vs Hatfield Peverel – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm

Another all-Premier Division tie will see White Notley welcome Hatfield Peverel to Oak Farm. White Notley avoided an upset in both rounds as they reached the Third Round with two-wins over Division One sides. In Round One, the hosts scored three without reply to eliminate the Division One leaders before winning 2-0 last week as they beat Mersea Island. Hatfield Peverel eased into the Third Round with 2-huge wins. The visitors thrashed New Field in the opening round, winning 7-0, before thrashing Gosfield United 5-1 last weekend.

Kelvedon Social vs Brightlingsea Town/Little Clacton/Langham Lodgers – TBC

Kelvedon Social have also made it through to the Third Round but will be waiting to see who they face. The game between Little Clacton and Langham Lodgers did not come to a conclusion, leaving Brightlingsea Town without an opponents in the Second Round. The winner between Clacton and the Lodgers in the First Round will decide who’ll face Brightlingsea before competing for a place in the 3rd Round to see who Kelvedon Social will welcome to their ground.