HARDY came from two goals behind to defeat Thrasher United in the Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final.
The Felixstowe-based side trailed 3-1 before producing a stirring fightback to win 4-3 in the delayed 2019-20 final on ‘Super Sunday’ at Bloomfields, home of Needham Market FC.
It was Hardy who took the lead against their fellow Ipswich Sunday Football League side after eight minutes, Ricardo Phillips supplying a smart first-time finish inside the penalty area.
However, Thrasher replied immediately as Simon Harding scored from the spot, sending keeper Nick Evans the wrong way, following a trip in the penalty area.
Thrasher were ahead after 17 minutes, Ash Blow bursting clear of the defence to finish with aplomb.
Ash Blow is (third left) is congratulated after scoring one of his two goals against Hardy. Main photograph: Hardy players celebrate winning the Suffolk Sunday Trophy
He scored an almost identical third in the 34th minute, once again outstripping the Hardy defence with his pace before burying his shot beyond Evans.
Hardy clawed a goal back six minutes later as Phillips beat Webb from the spot following a foul despite the keeper going the right way.
They equalised on the hour with the best goal of the game, a lovely flowing move ending with Moss sending over a low cross from the left and Jamie Robinson tapped home at the far post.
Players from Hardy (sky blue shirts) reflect on a close miss in the final against Thrasher United (red shirts) at Needham Market FC.
The winner arrived after 75 minutes, Connor Field scoring with an overhead kick after the Thrasher defence failed to clear.
It was Field who scored the winning goal for Ipswich Wanderers in the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Semi-Final against Henley Athletic.
Hardy: Nick Evans, James McCallum, Jack Moss, George McCallum, Jamie Robinson, Ricardo Phillips, Alfie Matthews, Scott Lake, Jamie Greening, Shaun Greening, Connor Field. Used subs: Ross Young, James Green, Charlie McCarthy. Unused subs: Matthew Ray, Matthew Harrold.
Thrasher United: Jamie Webb, Ash Gray, Luke Mascall-Wright, Sam Smith, Dan Ndulagwa, Brandan Smith, Adam Boughey, Owen Hammond, Ash Blow, Simon Harding, Josh Worby. Used subs: Paul Cook, Jordan Elliot, Kyle Farthing, Kieren Hart. Unused sub: Todd Black.
Referee: Graham Mackay.