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Woodbridge retain the Veterans' Cup

WOODBRIDGE Town have retained the Vitavia Suffolk Veterans’ Cup.

WOODBRIDGE Town retained the Vitavia Suffolk Veterans’ Cup that they won for the first time last season.

The Woodpeckers defeated AFC Hoxne 4-1 in the third and last final of ‘Super Sunday’ at AFC Sudbury.

Woodbridge, who had faced Bury Town in each of the last three finals, losing the first two before winning last season, ran out comfortable victors on this occasion.

Damien Pryke’s rising drive after a left-wing cross reached him at the far post put Woodbridge into a third-minute lead.

That was the way it stayed for the following 50 minutes, before Paul Nozedar finally forced the ball home from close range after two other attempts had been blocked following a corner.

AFC Hoxne reduced the arrears just four minutes later, a pinpoint cross by Roy Bevis saw Arun Lucraft net with a diving header.

Woodbridge, who play a division higher than their Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans’ League opponents, added a third in the 69th minute, Robbie Smythe firing into the roof of the net after Steve Dearsley’s powerful effort was blocked.

They rounded off victory with a fourth goal in the 90th minute, Matt Murphy being brought down by AFC Hoxne keeper Aaron Wick and Jimmy Andrews making no mistake from the resultant spot kick.

The cup and medals were presented by Richard Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk FA.


The Teams

AFC Hoxne: Aaron Wick, Steve Garland, Sean Taylor, Lee Metcalfe, Wayne Kerry, David Martin, Sean Davies, Tom Mayhew, Arun Lucraft, Roy Bevis, Adam Solley. Used subs: Robin Mckee, Chris Whatling, Colin Mayhew, Jamie Webb, Michael South.

Woodbridge Town: Gary Hammond, John Gibbons, Callum Finlayson, Matt Murphy, Jimmy Andrews, Ian Williams, Damien Pryke, Carl Dunnett, Paul Nozedar, Adam Glencastle, Robbie Smythe. Used subs: Kevin Morrison, Steve Dearsley, Richard Taylor, Gavin Jennings, Tom Heath.

Referee: Geoff Grimwood.

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