RETIRING Bildeston Rangers Manager David Lorimer Senior said he was ‘fuming’ at his players in the KBB NEFF Suffolk Junior Cup Final.
Bildeston beat fellow Touchline SIL Division One side Bacton United 89 4-2 thanks to two late Tommy Newbigging goals in Tuesday’s final at Portman Road.
Dale Munson put Bildeston ahead after 11 minutes, but James Smith equalised just after the half-hour mark. Daryl Alexander restored Bildeston’s advantage six minutes after the interval only for Sean Caley to level it up in the 66th minute.
Newbigging, who was a 62nd minute substitute, supplied two good finishes to score after 86th minutes and four minutes into time added on to settle an end-to-end final.
Bildeston Rangers keeper Charlie de Lara-Bell shows good reflexes to save at close range from Nick Knights of Bacton United 89 (green & red quartered shirt, No.3) in the first-half at Portman Road. Main image: Retiring Bildeston Rangers manager David Lorimer Senior. Photographs: Paul Voller
David Lorimer Senior, who will hand over to son David Lorimer Junior to lead the side in the Senior Division next season, said after the final whistle: “Fantastic, what more can I say?
“What I will say about this little village club is that we nearly folded two or three times over the years, but Scott, my eldest boy, and Ross, my middle son, dragged me and Bart (David Junior) back and they have built it from Division Five all the way up to Senior football now.
“None of those boys get paid to play but it oozes passion and commitment in every Bildeston dressing room I have been in. I have never seen it anywhere else and I have been in lots of dressing rooms. They have got promoted and now won this cup.”
Bacton United striker Sean Caley (green & red quartered shirt, No.9) holds off the challenge of Bildeston Rangers' Josh Everett (blue shirt, No.3) to score his side's second equaliser in the final at Portman Road.
However, he said he felt Bildeston had passed up opportunities to establish an unassailable lead in the opening quarter of the match.
“To tell you the truth I was fuming at them because in the first 25 minutes we should have had four goals, but we missed chances in the six yard-box.
“We then let it become a scrap, but we knew it was going to be a hard game as we know how good Bacton are and how organised they are, but I think we made the right substitutions at the right time.
“We brought on fresh legs and energy up front and that got us the other two goals,” he said.
Bacton United 89 goalkeeper Jack Hardy punches clear under pressure during a Bildeston Rangers attack.
Disappointed Bacton United 89 boss Ryan Owens said: “We started terribly and they could have scored before they did, but then we got ourselves back into the game only to start the second-half poorly as well.
“We then got level once again and had two or three chances to score and it would have been really difficult for them to come back had we scored again.
“I was not happy with our defending for their third goal – some people in the crowd thought it was offside – but their fourth goal was my fault as I had thrown players forward as we were chasing the game.
“It is frustrating and disappointing, but that’s football for you. We won this competition two years ago after extra time, but have fallen short tonight.
“We will have to try to come back next year and win it again.”