MANAGER Rick Andrews said it was ‘a good night for the club’ after his Stowmarket Town side humbled higher-league AFC Sudbury 3-1 in the Suffolk Premier Cup.
First-half goals from Jack Baker, Josh Mayhew and Ollie Canfer saw Stowmarket establish a 3-0 interval lead at Greens Meadow in Tuesday’s second-round tie.
Callum Harrison pulled one back and then saw his penalty saved by Stowmarket keeper Callum Robinson as the Old Gold & Blacks went through to the quarter-finals in front of 226 supporters.
Andrews said: “Overall it was a difficult game, but we took our chances when presented and we restricted Sudbury to half chances and it was their keeper who was the busiest of the two.
“It was a good night for the club as only a few years ago the only opportunity of playing Sudbury would have been in a friendly.
“The supporters were great and I’m glad the majority went home happy.”
Thurlow Nunn League Hadleigh United also defeated Bostik League North opposition, beating Bury Town 3-1 with Romario Dunne scoring twice after Kieran Turner had put them ahead. Kyran Clements pulled one back for Bury, who then had Ryan Jolland sent off late on.
Matthew Rutterford scored after just 26 seconds as Leiston eased past Haverhill Rovers 6-1. Matt Blake netted a hat-trick and the returning Rob Eagle and Christy Finch were also on target. Luke Haines scored a consolation goal for Rovers. Blake (blue shirt) is pictured above scoring his first goal. Photograph courtesy of Paul Voller.
Sam Ford also netted a treble in Felixtowe & Walton United’s 5-1 win at home to Woodbridge Town. Miles Powell and Jack Ainsley also scored and the visitors’ reply came from Carlos Edwards after Jack Spurling had tipped his penalty on to the crossbar.
Two ties were settled by penalty shoot-outs, Lowestoft putting out Needham Market and Ipswich Town winning at Walsham-le-Willows.
Former Lowestoft player Joe Marsden had given the visitors a second-minute lead, but Matt Brown equalised in the 93rd minute, before the Trawlerboys won the shoot-out 4-3.
After a goalless opening 45 minutes Ryley Scott put Ipswich Town ahead, but Jack Brame equalised. Substitute Tyreece Simpson restored Ipswich’s advantage, but Brame’s penalty levelled it up four minutes from time, before Ipswich won the shoot-out 5-4.
Kyle Haylock scored the only goal as Kirkley & Pakefield beat Whitton United and Sam Cole was on target as Brantham Athletic won 1-0 at Framlingham Town in the two all-Thurlow Nunn League ties.
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place next week following the second-round ties in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup this weekend.
Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Felixstowe & Walton Utd 5 Woodbridge Town 1, Framlingham Town 0 Brantham Athletic 1, Hadleigh Utd 3 Bury Town 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 1 Whitton Utd 0, Leiston 6 Haverhill Rovers 1, Lowestoft Town 1 Needham Market 1 – Lowestoft Town won 4-3 on pens, Stowmarket Town 3 AFC Sudbury 1, Walsham-le-Willows 2 Ipswich Town XI 2 – Ipswich Town XI won 5-4 on pens.