A GOAL in either half saw Bures United retain the Suffolk Primary Cup at Portman Road.
Twelve months ago they defeated AFC YourShirts 2-1 at Colchester United; this time they beat the same opposition 2-0 at the home of Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.
Tom Wingfield put the Essex & Suffolk Border League Division Two side ahead after 28 minutes, and Jack Hubbard’s 72nd minute penalty wrapped up victory.
There was little or no goalmouth action in the opening quarter, before AFC YourShirts striker Steve Smith cut in from the right and flashed a shot just wide of the far post after 27 minutes.
The Touchline SIL Division Three side fell behind just a minute later, Wingfield slotting home past Derren Burn after being played in down the left by Courtney Prince.
Smith was denied by a last-ditch Jake Wood tackle and Mel Clarke fired over the crossbar after the ball dropped invitingly to him, while inbetween at the other end Hubbard’s free-kick was tipped over by Burn.
The pivotal moment in the match came in the 51st minute when Bures keeper Kurt Waterfield, produced a terrific save to thwart Kieren Cotterell’s downward header after Smith and Lewis Burrett combined down the left and the loose ball was scrambled clear.
Tom Bailey lifted his shot just over the bar for Bures after a spot of ball juggling, before Wingfield flicked on a throw-in and Lloyd Finch’s volley was tipped onto the top of the crossbar by Burn.
With 20 minutes remaining, Prince was sent sprawling in the box after being barged in the back by Stephen Calver and Hubbard despatched the resultant penalty beyond Burn.
Bures came close to adding a third when Hubbard’s right-wing cross was flicked on by Prince and substitute Darren Smith’s first-time effort was half blocked by Burn’s legs and went just the wrong side of the post.
Jack Hubbard (second right) is pictured celebrating with his Bures United team-mates after scoring from the spot. Photograph courtesy of Paul Voller.
Bures United: Kurt Waterfield, Tobias Mitchell, Oscar Knebel, Shane Wanmer, Jake Wood, Tom Wingfield, Jack Durey, Jack Hubbard, Lloyd Finch, Courtney Prince, Tom Bailey. Used subs: Connor Tucker, Hunter Wallis, Darren Smith, Harry Liskus. Unused sub: Ashley Binfield.
AFC YourShirts: Derren Burn, Kieren Cotterell, Lewis Burrett, Steve Calver, Daniel Duncan, John Hughes, Luke Emmerson, Mel Clarke, Louis Crisp, Steve Smith, Phil Tyrrell. Used subs: Dan Barker, Sam Dunham, Justin Middlemiss, Steve Gray, Sam Maycock.
Referee: Kevin Harrington.