Lowestoft Town edge past brave Ipswich Wanderers to move into the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup alongside AFC Sudbury, Brantham, Felixstowe & Walton United, Leiston, Mildenhall Town, Walsham-le-Willows and Whitton United
Lowestoft Town joint manager Mick Chapman admitted his side got “exactly what we expected” after being pushed all the way by Ipswich Wanderers in their first-round tie in the Suffolk FA Premier Cup sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen.
The Vanarama Conference North side, who play three steps higher than their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division hosts, reached the quarter-
finals of the competition thanks to a 2-1 win on Wednesday night.
But they were pushed all the way by Wanderers at Humber Doucy Lane, despite racing into a two-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes.
Dawid Radomski fired the visitors ahead with a low shot just inside the post after three minutes, and Lowestoft doubled their advantage in the
20th minute through Jefferson Louis.
Two minutes later Radomski, was bundled over by Ross Myhill but 18-year-old Spurling saved Jack Ainsley’s spot kick. Wanderers then halved the deficit in the 25th minute when Jack Severy buried his shot past Asa Swatman.
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There was no further scoring, although Ross Beech struck the Lowestoft crossbar on the hour as Wanderers pushed their opponents all the way.
Post-match, Chapman said: “To be honest, it was exactly what we expected. It has never been an easy place to come and has always been tough and they made it difficult tonight.
“They made it very tough for us. We came here obviously as favourites because we are in the Conference North at the moment, but that is just on paper and they made it very difficult for us.”
After going 2-0 up, Chapman admitted Lowestoft “possibly took our foot off the gas” and the penalty miss lifted Wanderers, who then upped their game.
Ipswich Wanderers’ manager Glenn Read said he was proud of his players’ performance.
“I thought we acquitted ourselves really well,” he said.
“Although in the first ten minutes we didn’t defend as we should have. They are sharp and have decent players and their movement was really good which we knew it would be.
“It took us a little while to settle, but after that we did well, more so in the second half when I thought we put in a good performance and matched them. I am really proud of them.”
In Wednesday night’s other tie, Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Mildenhall Town won 1-0 at Ryman League Division One North Needham Market courtesy of an 80th-minute goal from Matt Robinson in a low-key affair at Bloomfields.
Mildenhall will join AFC Sudbury, Brantham, Felixstowe & Walton United, Leiston, Lowestoft, Walsham-le-Willows and Whitton United, who had a bye, in the quarter-final draw which will be drawn tomorrow evening.