Woodpeckers show class to see off Capel in Suffolk Senior Cup

Baden Holmes celebrates after putting Woodbridge ahead in their cup clash with Capel. Picture: PAUL

Baden Holmes celebrates after putting Woodbridge ahead in their cup clash with Capel. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Senior Cup Woodbridge Town 4 Capel Plough 0 Capel arrived at Notcutts Park on the back of five successive victories, however it was the home side who prevailed with a series of superb strikes which sent the majority of the 132-strong crowd home happy, writes Dave Meeson.

Alex Greggor celebrates with his dad after scoring a fantastic goal for Woodbridge against Capel. Pi

Alex Greggor celebrates with his dad after scoring a fantastic goal for Woodbridge against Capel. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

That said the Suffolk and Ipswich League visitors gave a good account of themselves though the Woodpeckers, who continue to lead Thurlow Nunn Division One, began to dominate after the break.

It looked like Woodbridge had got into their stride virtually straight from the kick off as the speedy Ryan Keeble squared for top scorer Mark Ray who fired over from a good position.

Matt MacKenzie then glanced an Alex Greggor cross narrowly over the bar.

Capel came into the game as the half progressed and Kieran Lawler let fly from distance only to see his effort go inches wide of the upright.

Woodbridge's Jake Green puts the Capel keeper under pressure. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Woodbridge's Jake Green puts the Capel keeper under pressure. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

Joe Whitley got behind the home defence soon afterwards and his cut back was narrowly diverted wide of his own post by Ben Garnham.

Just as Capel looked the likelier side to score, Woodbridge full-back Baden Holmes burst forward from deep inside his own half before jinking inside and unleashing a screamer from 30 yards which arrowed into the top corner.

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Woodbridge were much improved after the break and their swift interchanges began to regularly trouble the visitors’ defence. Mackenzie sent Ray through only for Capel keeper Aaron Beal to make a fine stop.

However, Jamie Scales’ side did double their advantage on 54 minutes through a 25 yard piledriver from Greggor after good hold-up play from Ray.

Mark Ray was on target yet again for Woodbridge. Picture: PAUL LEECH

Mark Ray was on target yet again for Woodbridge. Picture: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

The quality finishes kept coming and midway through the half it was Ray who provided another as he expertly rolled his marker before bending home a left foot shot into the bottom corner for his 21st goal of the season.

Capel kept going and nearly pulled a goal back as Nick Middlebrook cut in from the left and hit a low drive against the base of a post.

Woodbridge completed the scoring with a fourth goal just before the end as Keeble left three defenders in his wake before picking out MacKenzie, who produced a clinical first-time finish from close range as the hosts eventually eased into the next round.

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