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Norfolk FA unveil competitions for Anglian Combination League teams




The Norfolk County Football Association has unveiled a batch of return to football competitions for clubs in the Anglian Combination Leagues, starting on April 3.

Norfolk-based teams in each of the divisions were asked if they would like to enter an end-of-season tournament, 68 of which provided a positive response, allowing for three competitions to be formed by the governing body and its biggest adult league.

The competitions will be run in conjunction with Norfolk FA’s official community partner, The Offside Trust, an organisation dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual abuse.

Harleston Town – jointly managed by Nicky Howell (left) and Jon Abbott (right) – have entered into the competition. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston Town – jointly managed by Nicky Howell (left) and Jon Abbott (right) – have entered into the competition. Picture: Mark Bullimore

The structure of the competitions – named The Offside Trust Return to #NorfolkFootball Premier Cup, The Offside Trust Return to #NorfolkFootball Intermediate Cup and The Offside Trust Return to #NorfolkFootball Minor Cup – sees each cup split into groups based on location.

Teams will play each other once in a mixture of home and away games and each cup will consist of a group stage, followed by knock-out rounds with the finals scheduled to be played in early June.

Harleston Town, Attleborough Town and Scole United have all been placed in the South Group of the Premier Cup, while Attleborough’s Reserves and Long Stratton’s second string are in the South Group of the Intermediate Cup.

Harleston Town Reserves, meanwhile, will enter the South Group of the Minor Cup.

The Norfolk FA’s football services manager Matt Carpenter said: “This has been an extremely challenging season for everyone involved in local football, so it is fantastic that we will hopefully be able to finish the campaign with competitive matches for players, managers, coaches, match officials, volunteers and spectators to enjoy.

“And the fact that it also provides us with an opportunity to help promote the amazing work that The Offside Trust are doing is an added bonus.

“No doubt there will still be plenty of challenges ahead but with the co-operation of everyone involved we have lots of exciting football to look forward to.”

The Norfolk FA added that the competitions are dependent upon receiving favourable updated guidance from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and the FA regarding the return of grassroots football from Monday, March 29.



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