Leiston travel to Felixstowe & Walton United on Wednesday evening in the semi-finals of this season’s Suffolk Premier Cup.
Leiston have beaten Haverhill Rovers (6-1) and Lowestoft Town (1-1 (3-2 win on penaltoes)) to get to this stage while Ipswich have progressed to the semi-finals with wins against Walsham le Willows and Kirkley & Pakefield.
Stuart Boardley and David Head will be without Patrick Brothers (knee injury), Josh Hitter (broken toe/Cup tied) and Dominic Docherty (quad injury) for the match while George Keys is still suspended. Joe Jefford is available for selection though after serving a one game ban on Saturday.
It will be Leiston’s 8th successive season in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals. They lost to Bury Town three years on the bounce between 2012 and 2014, while they lost to Lowestoft Town in 2015. They defeated Needham Market in 2016 to reach the final, but lost to the same side a year later on penalties. Last season, Leiston beat Kirkley & Pakefield 3-1 in the semi-finals and went on to defeat Bury Town in the final.
Leiston have played a semi-final at Felixstowe & Walton United before in the Suffolk Premier Cup, beating Newmarket Town 3-1 in 2007 to reach the final where they lost 8-0 to Ipswich Town. They also played at Dellwood Avenue in the semi-final of the 1986 Suffolk Senior Cup, drawing 1-1 with Haughley United, as Stewart Reynolds hit a late penalty to secure a Replay. The Blues won the Replay at Whitton United, with Andy Jones getting both goals as Leiston won 2-1.
Leiston have met Ipswich Town six times before in the competition. They played them as previously mentioned the first time in the final in 2007, losing 8-0, and Ipswich won the next two games. A week after the Blues were dumped out of the FA Cup to Fleetwood Town in 2008, Ipswich defeated Carl Chenery’s side 3-0 at Victory Road. A year later in 2009, Ipswich beat Leiston 2-1 with David Head getting a late consolation for the Blues.
Leiston have won the last three matches, winning 6-3 in 2015, beating Ipswich in 2016 and last season goals from Chris Henderson and a 92nd minute Joe Jefford goal helped Leiston to a 2-1 win.
Admission will be £10 for Adults, £5 for Concessions and £1 for U11’s for the match. Information about parking, catering etc can be found on Leiston’s twitter and faceback pages, as well as Felixstowe & Walton’s.