Action from last season's Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final between Grundisburgh (blue shirts) and Whitton United

Suffolk FA explain pitfalls of arranging neutral venues for cup semi-finals

Saturday, February 23, 2013
8.00 AM

SUFFOLK FA have outlined the difficulty in arranging venues for this season’s county cup semi-finals.

The draws for the county’s ten senior cup competitions took place at Suffolk FA headquarters at Stowmarket a fortnight ago.

But county administrators have found it hard to find suitable neutral venues due to the backlog of fixtures caused by the spate of postponements and the toll the weather has taken on pitches.

Holders Whitton United and opponents Corton, who meet in the LB Group Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final this afternoon, were kept waiting until Tuesday before it was confirmed the tie would take place at Leiston FC.

Jairo Marin, football services manager at Suffolk FA, said: “Unfortunately we can’t do much about the weather. I have been working hard with the clubs to be co-operative, rather than pull rank over using grounds.

“I understand the pitfalls and the issues having to catch up on fixtures, so I have a lot of empathy with the clubs.

“Although I have direct contact with secretaries they often have to hold committee meetings to discuss what to do and so I have to wait for them to come back to me before we can go ahead.”

Venues for some of the cup semi-finals, including the John Banks Suffolk Premier Cup in which Ipswich Town will play Lowestoft Town and Bury Town meet Leiston, have yet to be arranged.