‘I thought my shot was hitting the post’ says Whitton United hero Miles Powell

Miles Powell heads the ball against AFC Sudbury

Miles Powell heads the ball against AFC Sudbury - Credit: Archant

It was an agonising few seconds for Whitton United hero Miles Powell as he waited to see whether his late extra-time shot was going to roll over the line in Tuesday night’s Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final.

The score was poised at 2-2 with the Thurlow Nunn Premier side having been pinned back for much of the second half against in-form Ryman North outfit, AFC Sudbury, before both teams tired in the additional 30 minutes.

After a strong Tom Trevivian tackle, Jordan Dye launched a long ball forward for the former Felixstowe man to chase and he obliged with the winning goal, Whitton, the better side in the first half, going through to meet Lowestoft Town in the final later this season.

“I was thinking to myself that my legs were quite heavy and I just wanted to make sure I got to the ball,” said Powell, who is suspended for this afternoon’s league clash at home to Diss Town.

“I elected to go for the right-hand corner and as it rolled to the line, I just thought it was going to hit the post, but fortunately it went in.”

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Powell was one of Whitton’s star men on Tuesday at Bloomfields, making his presence felt in the frontline and linking well with Dye and exciting winger Ethan Clarke.

Positioned 12th in the league table, Whitton will look to put the cup to the back of their minds and look to get back to winning ways in the league, following successive defeats to Brantham, Ipswich Wanderers and Felixstowe & Walton United

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“I think we went on a run of 12 games unbeaten earlier in the season and we are not playing any differently now to then,” Powell added.

“I think our luck has run out at the moment but we will be hoping for a win on Saturday to kickstart our season.

“Diss are second bottom in the league and we are at home, it is a game we are probably expected to win, so that probably makes things a bit harder.”

In the Premier Cup, Whitton will face the Trawlerboys after their 1-0 victory over Leiston, at Kirkley & Pakefield, on Wednesday evening. The final is at Leiston on April 15.

“We are probably not expected to win but we will give it a good go,” revealed the striker.

“They have got some good players, Jack Ainsley, who I know from living in Felixstowe, being just one name on the team sheet. But we have players who can play higher.

“Sam Mead wasn’t playing and I personally think he is one of our better players, Ethan Clarke’s only 21 or 22, while Chris Williams scores for fun really.

“We’ve a good squad and good team spirit. A lot of Whitton boys play for the club and it just seems to work.”

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