Dramatic night of goals and upsets in Suffolk Premier Cup
BURY Town put TEN goals past AFC Sudbury, both Felixstowe & Walton United and Hadleigh United came from behind to cause upsets and Leiston squeezed through on penalties on a dramatic night of action in the first round of the John Banks Suffolk Premier Cup.
A depleted Sudbury side, missing eight first-team squad members, were no match for a rampant Ryman League Premier Division Bury Town, who won 10-1 at Ram Meadow last night.
John Sands and substitute Allicion Blake both scored hat-tricks, Connor Hall weighed in with two and both Mark Coluson and Sam Reed were also on target. Winger Peter Maina scored Sudbury’s solitary goal to make the score 3-1 just before half time, but the visitors were over-run in a one-sided second half.
The Ryman League Division One North side could have been further embarrassed but for a string of fine saves by Fred Howe, while Bury also hit the woodwork twice and also had two efforts disallowed for offside.
Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Hadleigh United caused an upset at the Millfield when they came from behind to defeat Ryman League Division One North Needham Market 2-1.
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Needham led in the 21st minute through former Hadleigh captain Duane Wright, but Marcus Josiah equalised within a minute and Mark Maher, who only joined the club from Stanway Rovers last Thursday, scored what proved to be the winner just before the interval.
Managerless Felixstowe & Walton United appeared to be heading out of the competition at the first hurdle when they trailed 1-0 at home to fellow high-flying Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division opponents Mildenhall Town after 54 minutes thanks to a James Paterson goal.
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But Ben Cranfield broke the Seasiders’ goal drought, which had lasted seven hours and 57 minutes, with an 81st minute penalty and then added an 89th minute winner to turn the tie on its head.
Ryman League Premier Division Leiston required extra time and penalties to see off Haverhill Rovers at Victory Road. The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division visitors took a first-minute lead and also scored twice through own goals as it ended 3-3, before Leiston went through 5-4 on penalties.
Walsham-le-Willows host Ipswich Town in the competition at Summer Road next Wednesday.