Long Melford Under-18s are just 90 minutes from a meeting with Football League opposition as they prepare to do battle in the FA Youth Cup.
The Villagers’ youngsters host Bury Town Under-18s in the final qualifying round of the national youth cup competition tonight (7.45pm at Stoneylands), with the winners taking on Dagenham and Redbridge Under-18s in the first round proper next month.
n In the FA County Youth Cup second round, Suffolk Under-18s host Berks and Bucks at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow ground on Saturday (2pm).
Cornard United’s Cameron Ward could make his debut for the team after being called into the squad for the first time, while Hadleigh United’s Max Planck and the AFC Sudbury trio of Scott Kemp, Cobi Guyon and James Crisell are also set to be involved.
Striker Kemp bagged a brace in Suffolk Under-18s’ last outing, a 2-1 win over Norfolk, earning him rave reviews from manager Andy Reynolds.
The county youth side’s boss said: “For a lad playing in his first game, he took on board the information we gave him beforehand well and he played really well.”
n In our match of the week, Cornard Dynamos Reds Under-13s saw off top-of-the-league Oyster in style at Blackhouse Lane, firing in nine goals and conceding one.
Six goals came before half-time with a Conner Avery lob, a Charlie Elfford thunderbolt and a fine turn and finish by Ben Davey making it 3-0.
Lewis King, Harry Stevens (two), Davey (two) for his hat-trick, and a fine finish from John Curtis completed the rout.
Long Melford Under-13s also hit nine against Elmden Rovers, with four goals coming from Freddie McCracken.
Captain Bryn Gartland, George Ince-Slater, Joe Foster and Dan Mumford were also on target in a strong team performance.
Boxford Rovers Under-13s eclipsed both of them for goals though, winning 14-0 at Holland Reds, with George Allen bagging six himself.
They were 3-0 up with only four minutes on the clock and 8-0 at half-time with Liam Butcher (three), Frank White, Connor Barnett, Steven Warner, Ed Rust and Lewis Woolston adding their names to the goalscorers list.
AFC Sudbury Falcons Under-12s, scored three second-half goals at home to Ipswich Valley Rangers White to come from behind in a 3-1 victory.
A lay-off from Max Cullinane found Josh Hughes to level before Eloise King and Cullinane himself completed the scoring, with excellent defending earning Toby Mattock the man-of-the-match award.
Cornard Dynamos Blues Under-10s rode out a backs-to-the-wall second half at home to league leaders Lexden Saints to earn a 1-1 draw.
In what was a pulsating game of football, Dynamos had taken a deserved lead when captain for the day, Harvey Clare touched in Alfie Haygreen’s corner.
Great Cornard Dynamos Reds Under-10s won 4-2 against Lexden Saints Reds after dominating a six-goal thriller with some exceptional football.
Well-taken goals came from Alfie Mansell, Josh Ambrose and Jack Ingram before half-time, with Callum Scott adding the fourth before Lexden hit two late consolation strikes.
Newly-promoted Clare Town Lions Under-10s came close to a third win of the season at home to AFC Sudbury, but saw the visitors equalise in the final minute for a 2-2 draw.
Ryan Potter’s throughball allowed Woody Marshall to equalise early on for Clare before he added a second that was cancelled out in a late goalmouth scramble.
Clare goalkeeper Charlie had made a number of fine saves to keep Clare in front.