The Tommy Thompson Cup continues this weekend in the Essex & Suffolk Border League with some sides playing their second game of the competition while others are just getting started. Here’s a preview of all fixtures this weekend;
Flitch United Reserves vs Wormingford Wanderers Saturday – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
Flitch United Reserves welcome fellow-Division Four side Wormingford Wanderers to Alcott Playing Fields on Saturday. The hosts have already progressed to the Third Round of the Reserve Knockout Cup. They were awarded an away-walkover against Boxted Lodgers Reserves in the opening round before beating Gosfield United Reserves from the spot, winning 4-3 following a 1-1 draw. The host await either Ramsey & Mistley Reserves or Mersea Island Reserves but will turn their attentions to this game on the weekend. The visitors had reached the Second Round of the Knockout Cup before their run came to an end. They were handed an away-walkover against St Osyth in the First Round before facing Premier Division side Sudbury Sports, losing 2-1 on the road. Flitch United will hope to use home advantage to progress in the competition while Wormingford will hope they can produce their season form, which saw them ahead of their opponents. The winners of the tie will face Gosfield United Reserves in the Second Round.
New Field vs Felsted Rovers – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
New Field will focus on their Thompson Cup fixture despite awaiting their COVID-Plate fixture as they welcome Felsted Rovers to the Shrub End Sports Ground. The hosts run in the Knockout Cup came to an end at the first hurdle as they were handed an 7-0 defeat to Hatfield Peverel in the First Round while they face Lawford Lads Reserves in the Second Round of the Plate in the coming weeks. Felsted Rovers had gone slightly further in the Knockout Cup as they beat Stanway Rovers Reserves 3-1 in the opening round before losing 4-3 to Flitch United in the Second Round, following a goalless draw. The visitors will also play in the Second Round of the COVD-Plate as they welcome Gosfield United Reserves to the Felsted Playing Fields. Division Side Felsted will hope divisional-difference is the overriding factor on Saturday as they face a side from Division Four but anything can happen in the Cup with the winner facing Bradfield Rovers in the Second Round.
FC Clacton ‘A’ vs Hedinghams United Reserves – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
Division Four side FC Clacton ‘A’ will hope to cause an upset as they welcome Hedinghams United Reserves of the Third Division to the Clacton Leisure Centre. The hosts reached the Quarter-Finals of the Reserves Knockout Cup as they battled their way through two-rounds. They were given a BYE in the opening round before facing Lawford Lads Reserves in the Second Round, winning 3-2 after Extra-Time. The Quarters were narrowly lost by 2-goals to one as Great Bentley Reserves progressed to the semi-finals. Hedinghams Reserves also received a BYE in the First Round of the Reserves Knockout Cup before being drawn against Colne Athletic Reserves with Colne easing past United with a 5-0 win. The visitors are also set to face Dedham Old Boys Reserves in the COVID-plate but for now their attention is firmly on the game in-hand. The Victors will face Harwich Rangers in the Second Round with FC Clacton ‘A’ looking to make the most of Hedinghams poor league form to progress.
Kelvedon Social vs Abbey Fields – Saturday 24th April, 2.30pm
Kelvedon Social will face Abbey Fields on Saturday a place in the Second Round. Social fought their way through to the Third Round of the Knockout Cup. They beat Ramsey & Mistley in a 9-goal thriller, winning 6-3 in the opening round, before beating Cavendish in the Second Round, scoring 3 without reply. They now await their opponents as they look set to face Brightlingsea Town, Little Clacton or Langham Lodgers. Abbey Fields were eliminated from the First Round of the Knockout Cup as they were thrashed by Cavendish, losing 6-0. The visitors also have a game in the COVID-Cup First Round as they will face Bradfield Rovers in the coming weeks. Kelvedon Social will be favourites to progress with their current cup record this season, but Abbey Fields will hope to change their luck.
Tiptree Heath Reserves vs Rowhedge – Saturday 24th April, 3.30pm
Division Three Tiptree Heath Reserves will face Division Two side Rowhedge in the Second Round of the Thompson Cup. This isn’t the only game these sides will face each other in with both sides awaiting a date to meet in the COVID-Cup with the Reserves hosting Rowhedge again. Tiptree Heath Reserves were eliminated from the Reserve Knockout Cup by Stanway Pegasus Reserves, losing 3-2 after receiving a BYE in the First Round while Rowhedge were beaten by the Heath Senior side in the Knockout Cup in the First Round as they lost 7-0. Rowhedge will be favourites to go through to the Third Round with the winners facing Ramsey & Mistley Saturday, who won 10-0 to be at the Third Round stage.
Barnston Reserves vs Little Clacton – Saturday 24th April, 3.30pm
Barnston Reserves will welcome fellow-Division Three side Little Clacton in the Second Round. The hosts reached Round Two of the Reserves Knockout Cup as they beat Kelvedon Social ‘A’ in the opening round, winning 3-1, before seeing their run come to an end in a 7-1 loss to Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves. Little Clacton had a First Round tie against Langham Lodgers in the Knockout Cup but the game was abandoned with both sides not knowing who will progress to face Brightlingsea Town. Promotion chasing Barnston Reserves will be favourites to progress but Little Clacton will look for an upset with the winner playing the winner of Gosfield United Reserves vs Flitch United/Wormingford Wanderers.