HAVERHILL & Hove Albion produced a commanding display to win the Suffolk Sunday Shield.
The Sudbury & Haverhill Sunday District League side defeated Rushmere & Diamonds 5-1 in the delayed 2019-20 final on ‘Super Sunday’ at Needham Market FC.
Haverhill & Hove Albion’s victory enabled them to erase the memory of their 6-0 loss to Lavenham in the Suffolk Sunday Trophy at the same venue in the 2018-19 season.
Rushmere & Diamonds (blue shirts) attack the Haverhill & Hove Albion (red & white checked shirts) goal. Main photograph: Haverhill & Hove Albion pose with the Sunday Shield.
It took them 32 minutes to break the deadlock, defender Mark Palmer heading high into the far corner of the net from a left-wing free-kick.
It was 2-0 six minutes later as Ryan Weaver found space in the penalty area to take a touch following a ball in from the left before slipping his shot beneath the exposed Darryl Martian.
Two goals in as many minutes by Ashley Botten early in the second period put the result beyond doubt.
In the 54th minute he followed up to volley home a rebound after the Ipswich Sunday League side failed to deal with a cross from the left.
A minute later Botten was quickest to react after Martian had pushed a free-kick onto the post and the ball sat up invitingly for him to head home from close range.
Haverhill & Hove Albion (red & white checked shirts) put early pressure on the Rushmere & Diamonds (blue shirts) goal
Rushmere & Diamonds reduced the deficit in the 71st minute, James Porter holding off a defender before stroking the ball into the bottom far corner.
Luke Haines completed the scoring after 80 minutes with a deflected free-kick that went in off the upright.
Haverhill & Hove Albion: Daniel Wilson, Chris Roper, Ryan Harrow, Mark Palmer, Connor Finn, Tom Stewart, Milo Holmes, Ryan Weaver, Luke Haines, Ashley Botten, Sean Finn. Used subs: Kyle Easton-Mulcare, Lewis Catterick, Callum Edwards, Tommy Parker.
Rushmere & Diamonds: Darryl Martian, Jack Setchell, Kris Richardson, Kieran Patton, Lewis Burrett, Macaulay Scott, James Buckle, Paul Starke, James Porter, Luke Scott, Cameron Bridge. Used sub: Kai Scott. Unused subs: Jack Meers, Shaun Scott.
Referee: Carl Page.