Stunning solo goal seals Suffolk win

A STUNNING solo goal by Camillo Douglas set the seal on Suffolk Under-18s sensational 5-2 victory over Hertfordshire in the East Anglian Counties Championship at Letchworth last night.

Nick Garnham

A STUNNING solo goal by Camillo Douglas set the seal on Suffolk Under-18s sensational 5-2 victory over Hertfordshire in the East Anglian Counties Championship at Letchworth last night.

The Whitton United winger capped off a superb Suffolk display eight minutes from the end when he waltzed past five defenders before sidefooting home.

“I just kept on running,” said a modest Douglas, whose goal was reminiscent of Ruud van Nistelrooy's for Manchester United against Fulham at Old Trafford several years ago as he ran from the halfway line past the entire defence.

Ben Seaman had put Suffolk ahead from the penalty spot after 31 minutes but Bertie Squires Adams headed Herts level two minutes before half time.

Richard Gammon's looping header restored the visitors' lead in the 47th minute, but John Rathbone's cross-cum-shot pulled Herts level in the 62nd minute, and it was anyone's game with chances at both ends.

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When Lee Waryszniuk fouled James Ward, as he had done in the first half, Seaman again tucked home from the resultant spot kick with 16 minutes remaining.

Substitute Nick Middlebrook received a straight red card for something he said to the referee, but the 10 men extended their advantage when Stefan Marsh rose to head home Seaman's free kick three minutes later, before Douglas' goal.

Suffolk's success puts them in touching distance of retaining the East Anglian Counties Championship. They need a point from their final home game against Bedfordshire on April 10 to clinch the title.

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