Felixstowe & Walton United win Harwich Charity Cup

Felixstowe & Walton's Ben Cranfield

Felixstowe & Walton's Ben Cranfield

Felixstowe & Walton United defeated Harwich and Parkeston to lift the Harwich Charity Cup last night under their new brand new floodlights.

In a fitting occasion that saw a crowd of 110 pay their respects to the late Steve Page and after 23 years of pain and torture raising and lowering the previous stanchions for games and training, the Seasiders capped off their unveiling of the new floodlights with a narrow 1-0 win with the goal courtesy of captain Ben Cranfield.

The Harwich Charity Cup was first played for in 1899 and was this year played for in memory of the legendary Steve Page, who graced a distinguished non-league career.

Page died in February and was an integral part of both Felixstowe and Harwich after a lifetime dedicated to non-league football.

“In this day and age, the term legend is used far too often but that’s what Steve really was,” said Felixstowe chairman Tony Barnes.

“He was a legend by all accounts and in his playing days was easily one of the top non-professionals around.”

Suffolk FA chief executive Laura Smith joined Steve’s widow, Margaret, in presenting the cup and mementos of the evening which saw £760 raised towards two local charities on both sides of the estuary.

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Elsewhere in the region last night, Bury Town grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner to steal all three points in a 2-1 win over Lewes.

After resting six well-established first-teamers, Richard Wilkin’s men poached the points courtesy of Ryan Semple’s 97th-minute strike.

AFC Sudbury drew their second game in a row to come away with a point at Tilbury. The Yellows went a goal behind but Scott Mitchell’s 70th-minute effort ensured they didn’t come away from Essex empty-handed.

There was no such luck for Needham Market though as they succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat to third-placed Thurrock.

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