Defending champions Lowestoft Town defeat Newmarket Town to reach Suffolk Premier Cup final

Jamie Forshaw scored for Lowestoft.

Jamie Forshaw scored for Lowestoft. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

Jamie Forshaw and Nico Cotton scored the goals to send defending champions Lowestoft Town into their third successive Suffolk Premier Cup final, at the expense of Newmarket Town, at Needham Market’s Bloomfields ground, on Tuesday night.

Forshaw finished from close range in the first half, before on-loan Southend winger Cotton made the game safe three minutes from time with a clinical finish, following a quick break, the Trawlerboys winning 2-0.

The Ryman Premier side will now play the winners of tonight’s game between Leiston and Needham Market, in the final at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, on May 8.

In winning the game, in front of a crowd of 143, the 13-time champions ended the challenge of their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division opponents, the Jockeys putting up a spirited fight and having chances to score in the game.

Their best chances fell to 28-goal striker Lewis Whitehead, the diminutive hitman missing three decent opportunities in the first half.

The Trawlerboys took the lead on 34 minutes, when high a diagonal ball into the penalty box from Harry Barker was knocked down by Shaun Bammant and Forshaw fired home from six yards, wrong-footing goalkeeper Ben Nower.

Lowestoft could have doubled their lead just two minutes later, but this time Bammant was off target and off balance as he tried to connect with Cotton’s left-wing cut back.

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Newmarket made the early second half running as they looked to force an equaliser, but couldn’t hit the target. James Seymour fired wide from range, before Austin Diaper’s overhead kick, from Thurlbourne’s centre, flashed just over the bar.

As the Jockeys pushed to level, they were almost hit on the break when Harvey Hodd was played in by Bammant, but goalkeeper Nower displayed strong wrists to beat out the effort.

Late in the game, Newmarket had strong appeals for a penalty turned down after a coming together of bodies in the box.

That came just seconds before Cotton wrapped the game up, the winger firing home with aplomb on the left-hand side of the box to book a final spot.

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