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Photograph: Mecha Morton SuffolkNews

Last Saturday Needham Market’s U15s Junior Premier League (JPL) team beat Junior Hoops FC 6-4 in the semi-final to reach the Nation Cup Final. The final will be this Saturday against Henley Lions FC Blues kicking off at 12:00pm at Gloucester City AFC. This is the first season of the JPL in the county and Needham Market FC are very proud to be flying the flag for Suffolk.

Jason Curtis, Needham Market FC JPL U15 Manager said: "I am immensely proud to reach the JPL National Cup Final and really looking forward to the challenge against Henley Lions. The players have been fantastic throughout this journey with the whole squad playing their part which in turn has created real solidarity amongst the group.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support by our club Needham Market FC, the supporters and local community with some brilliant atmospheres at the games along the way.

“The final hurdle is closing in and we will treat it as any other game, looking to impose our qualities on Henley who I'm sure will be looking to do the same as we do not know each other.

“The players deserve all the plaudits for making history, becoming the first Needham Market team to reach a National Final. There's some serious talent there and I am excited to see them take the field on Saturday at Gloucester City and their continued progression over the coming months and years."

Robert Peace, Needham Market FC Academy Director, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the club, with this being the first time in the club’s history to reach a national final. In the last few years, our youth teams have represented the club very well with success on the pitch and this is a further landmark to show our progression as a club. The players should be immensely proud of their success within this competition and savour the moment of competing in a national final.”


GOOD LUCK to Needham Market EJA U16 who are looking to secure a win against Wroxham EJA U16 to become league champions of the EJA U16 Green Division this Sunday! The match will take place at Bloomfields with a 12pm KO.


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