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Suffolk Chadacre Cup history on the line for Thurston Rugby Club




Thurston Rugby Club’s captain has faith that his team can make history by winning their first ever Suffolk Chadacre Cup this weekend.

They will line up away to Ipswich Y.M in the final on Saturday (2.30pm) looking to become Suffolk and Essex rugby unions’ top cup champion, for club’s at Level 8 and below.

The club have won the Suffolk Plate – for clubs at Level 10 (Eastern Counties 2) and below – on three occasions, last in 2003, but it has been a long stint without a cup trophy.

RUGBY - Thurston v Clacton in Suffolk Chadacre Cup semi-final..Pictured: ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7754643)
RUGBY - Thurston v Clacton in Suffolk Chadacre Cup semi-final..Pictured: ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7754643)

And Ed Ballam believes tomorrow is a perfect opportunity to win their first Chadacre Cup to ‘put a nice shining on what has been a very difficult season for the club’.

The London 3 Eastern Counties side have found life in the eighth tier of the English rugby union system tough, having been promoted from the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 West last season, and have won just three of their 18 league fixtures.

But two of those victories have come against this Saturday’s opposition – securing the league ‘double’ over the only side below them in the league table – including in their last outing at home in the league, a 15-7 win.

Ballam said: “Last week’s game was very encouraging; our forwards were dominant up front which allowed our backs to get good quick ball out wide. It was a very good feeling to beat them.

“I believe it would mean a lot for the club to win the cup. It would mean the world to win it and put a nice shining on what has been a very difficult season for the club.

“I feel there is a bit of pressure as captain as the players will look at me to get them going but there is enough quality in the squad for them to shine and show their true qualities.

“Everyone at the club is excited about it and it’s all the supporters have been talking about. We are hoping to take a big crowd of Thurston supporters over to help cheer us over the try line.”

l Meanwhile, in the London 3 Eastern Counties League, Thetford moved up to fifth following Saturday’s 57-19 home annihilation of fourth-placed West Norfolk.

Both teams have a slip weekend from the league and will return to action on March 23.



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