SUFFOLK PREMIER CUP ROUND-UP: Leiston knock holders Bury Town out in a thrilling encounter at Victory Road, while AFC Sudbury, Felixstowe & Walton, Brantham Athletic, and Walsham le Willows all progress
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Three goals from Leiston in the opening quarter of the match ultimately saw them knock out last season’s Suffolk Premier Cup winners in Bury Town last night as Steve Ball’s men triumphed 3-2.
Leiston didn’t take long to get into their rhythm as Craig Parker nestled home into the corner of the net following a well-worked set-piece in the sixth minute.
Bury drew level when Curtis Shaw’s precise through ball was expertly finished by Joe Benjamin in the 16th minute, who rounded Danny Gay to calmly finish.
Just two minutes later though, Leiston retook the lead as Gareth Heath provided a super finish in the box following Stuart Boardley’s long throw.
And another long throw from Boardley in the 22nd minute, with the help of Joe Jefford’s deft flick, saw Leon Ottley-Gooch smash home what was near enough a carbon copy of the second.
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Bury improved after the break and Jordan Patrick clinically swept home Benjamin’s fantastic pass in the 56th minute to set up a grand finale but Leiston held on in a competitive game at Victory Road.
Elsewhere in the first round of the prestigious competition last night, AFC Sudbury had to come from 2-0 down to beat Kirkley & Pakefield 6-2 in the end, with Ayrton Coley netting a hat-trick.
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Felixstowe & Walton meanwhile convincingly came out on top against Newmarket Town in a repeat of last season’s Red Insure Cup final, with the Seasiders winning 2-0, Tom Dew and Bradley Barber the men on target.
In last night’s other two ties, Jack Cawley’s penalty was the difference as Brantham Athletic edged past Hadleigh United 1-0, while Walsham le Willows also triumphed over Haverhill Rovers by two goals to nil.
Rounding up the rest of the opening fixtures tonight, Ipswich Wanderers host Lowestoft Town, while Mildenhall Town travel to Needham Market. Whitton United have a bye.