Division One side Suffolk Park FC will face a huge challenge next week, when they meet Lismore Thistles in the next round of the Westfield FFA Cup competition.
Suffolk Park FC was formed in 2012 and while the fledgling club won two senior titles last year, the playing roster will need to excel next Tuesday evening when they meet the powerful Thistles side.
Lismore Thistles was formed in 1958 and boasts eleven grand final victories in the Men’s Premier Division and has a rich history of junior and senior titles. Suffolk Park FC were given a confidence boost by their win over Ballina SC in Round One and no doubt by some brilliant national television exposure in recent weeks on Fox Sports about their diverse cultural fabric. The passion of Suffolk Park FC will need to challenge the collective advantage that the Lismore side should have in skill over their coastal rivals.
The concept of the Westfield FFA Cup is to provide grassroots clubs a chance to play teams that may not be part of their usual schedule, with a potential progression to much higher stakes and football results are not decided on paper. Spectators can anticipate a fast open contest as Suffolk Park FC or Lismore Thistles both strive for a spot in the final stage of the FFNC section of the Westfield FFA Cup competition for 2016.
The game is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 29th March at John Ryan Field (T1) East Lismore and the winner of this clash will meet Bangalow SC to determine the FFNC winner. A qualifying match between the FFNC winner and the North Coast Football winner will be played locally on Saturday 14th May. The winner of the clash with travel to Newcastle in June for the Northern NSW Football quarter finals.