Achilles secure another Bob Coleman Cup final berth after narrow victory over Kesgrave

Achilles players celebrating a goal. Stock image. Picture: James Ager

Achilles players celebrating a goal. Stock image. Picture: James Ager - Credit: James Ager

The semi-final of the Bob Coleman Cup saw holders Achilles book themselves a place in the final when they beat Kesgrave by a single goal.

A frenetic 10 minute spell at the start of the second half saw the hosts create eight goalscoring opportunities, but were unable to convert any of them.

Kesgrave’s big change came when home ‘keeper Shaun Chaplin failed to collect a cross held by the wind, but the attacker headed wide of an open net.

Gavin Van Oene was Achilles’ saviour, heading in Joe Revel’s pass in the 75th minute.

In the league bottom side Ipswich Athletic were unable to resist a Henley Athletic side which scored in either half to secure the three points.

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The first goal game after 12 minutes when Chris Williams’ low cross found Clark Bruce who scored at the back post.

The game was wrapped up 16 minutes from full-time, Danny George this time providing the assist for Bruce who bagged his second of the match.

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A goal in the last minute gave visiting Capel Plough a deserved point at Haughley United.

The hosts took the lead in this 2-2 draw after 25 minutes when Stephen Vincent scored from close range. Haughley increased their lead just before the break when a cross from Jack Larkins was slotted home by James Hawkin.

The visitors pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left through Miles Donovan and Shaun Webb earnt the Ploughmen a draw when he scored from 25 yards.

Visitors Leiston St Margarets scored two late goals to avenge their 2-1 home defeat to Coplestonians last week.

It was 0-0 at half-time but just after the break Cops opened the scoring when Virgilio Leitao finished from close range.

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