Whitton United boss pays tribute to team after Premier Cup final defeat

Whitton United goalkeeper Liam Jones watches the Lowestoft Town winner roll over the line.

Whitton United goalkeeper Liam Jones watches the Lowestoft Town winner roll over the line. - Credit: Su Anderson

Whitton United manager Paul Bugg paid tribute to his gutsy side after the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit lost 2-1 in extra-time to Conference North Lowestoft Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup final last night.

Substitute Jake Reed’s 103rd-minute strike squirmed past Liam Jones to give the Trawlerboys a hard-fought win and seal a 12th cup triumph for the Trawlerboys.

Earlier Whitton had fought back from a goal down, Miles Powell converting from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, to cancel out Omar Sowumni’s 44th-minute opener for Lowestoft.

Shaun Bammant was sent off late on for Town after diving in the box but the drama had already taken place, leaving Bugg to reflect on a gallant effort from his side, who play three levels lower than Lowestoft.

“We pushed a step two side all the way so I am not disappointed,” said Bugg.

“I thought the game-plan worked and we tried to get ten men behind the ball at all times, but I think fitness told in the end.”

Sowumni missed a number of chances to win the game for Lowestoft in normal time, while Jones was in good form for the Ipswich-based team.

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Bugg added: “They controlled the first half but I thought we were better in the second.

“We are proud of the boys and I have always said that this club is going places.

“The players are devastated but they have been on a rollercoaster ride the last three seasons with cup finals and league titles.

“You can’t write scripts like that, it’s fairytale stuff.”

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