BRAMFORD United scored six unanswered second-half goals to win this season’s McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup.
They trailed 2-1 at the break to Laxfield but turned on the style in the second period to finish 7-2 winners at Badingham Road, home of Framlingham Town FC, on Saturday.
It was their first win in this competition, having lost in their only previous appearance in the final back in the 1982-83 season.
The final scoreline flattered Bramford and was tough on fellow Macron SIL Division Three side Laxfield, for whom Sam Balls scored two excellent free-kicks in the space of eight minutes.
Bramford made a dream start when George Cooper’s header from Baden Holmes’ left-wing free-kick crept inside the far post after just five minutes.
Jack Severy then struck a post, before Laxfield drew level when Balls curled home from 25 yards into the top right-hand corner of Luke Singh’s goal after 13 minutes.
Sam Balls (green shirt, No.8) curls home the equaliser past Bramford United goalkeeper Luke Singh to equalise for Laxfield in the McDonald's Suffolk Primary Cup Final at Framlingham Town FC. Main Photograph: Bramford United celebrate with the cup. Photographs: Paul Voller
He repeated the act with an arguably even better strike eight minutes later from a more central position to put Laxfield into the lead.
Severy’s dipping left-foot shot was tipped over by Laxfield goalkeeper Tom Spillane, before Sam Balls was not far off target with a curling effort from open play.
Baden Holmes missed an absolute sitter in the 37th minute, inexplicably lifting his shot over an open goal from five yards after Steve Morris had crossed from the right.
However, the miss was not to prove costly as Bramford turned the screw in the second half.
They restored parity in the 49th minute through Grant Monaghan’s far-post header, which cannoned in off Tom Haywood-Smith, following Severy’s right-wing free-kick.
Nine minutes later Severy played a precise pass through the middle of the defence for Ash Holmes to race clear and finish with aplomb.
Spillane kept out a Morris volley from an acute angle following David Kempson’s deep cross to the far post, while at the other end Singh dived to his right to parry away an acrobatic Sam Balls effort to deny him his hat-trick.
Substitutes Danny Tatum and Camillo Douglas, who was back on the pitch after being sin binned, combined for Douglas to make it 4-2 with a first-time effort in off the far post after 79 minutes.
Douglas then crossed for substitute Dean Quinton to shoot home at the far post in the 83rd minute and a minute later, Spillane saved from Morris after he cut in from the left only for Tatum to score from the rebound.
Bramford United's Dean Quinton (partly obscured by team-mate Steve Morris, blue shirt, No.9) scores the first of his two goals against Laxfield in the McDonald's Suffolk Primary Cup Final at Framlingham Town FC. Photograph: Paul Voller
Morris then set up Quinton to score his second and Bramford’s seventh in the 86th minute to round off the scoring.
Bramford United: Luke Singh, James Fulker, Jack Larkins, Adam Singh, George Cooper, Grant Monaghan, Ash Holmes, Steve Morris, Baden Holmes, Jack Severy, David Kempson. Used subs: Danny Tatum, Camillo Douglas, Chris Lawson, Dean Quinton.
Laxfield: Tom Spillane, Tom Earl, Ted Hurren, Sam Green, Sam Hurren, George Garrard, Alfie Payne, Sam Balls, Luke Forster, James Green, Tom Haywood-Smith. Used subs: Henry Stevens, Ollie Hunt, Callum Muttock. Unused sub: Stewart Balls.
Referee: Anthony Coulter.