Whitton complete a hat-trick of wins
WHITTON United made it a hat-trick of wins in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans’ Cup.
They overcame old rivals Woodbridge Town 5-0 in this season’s final on Sunday, the third and last match of ‘Super Sunday’ at AFC Sudbury.
The Green and Whites became the first side to win the competition three years in a row, after also defeating the Woodpeckers in each of the last two finals.
Kevin Inglis opened the scoring and skipper Alan Mills (penalty), Ronaldo Wright, Duane Wright and Gavin Crane were also on target.
There was little to choose between the two teams until Whitton broke the deadlock mid-way through the opening period, but the result never looked in doubt thereafter.
It was Woodbridge who threatened first, goalkeeper Paul Cudworth diving low to his left to keep out Andy Crump’s drive after six minutes.
Gavin Crane looked certain to score for Whitton when the ball was squared across goal to him, but Chris Moss made a superb stop low down to his right.
Three minutes later Inglis, who scored a wonder goal in last season’s final at Hadleigh United FC from long distance, curled a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner with Moss rooted to the spot.
Woodbridge Town goalkeeper Chris Moss can only watch as Kevin Inglis curls home a 25-yard free-kick to give Whitton United the lead in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans' Cup Final at AFC Sudbury. Main photograph: Whitton United celebrate after receiving the cup. Photographs: Paul Voller
Crane then rounded Moss but his goal-bound shot was brilliantly hooked off the line at full stretch by James Andrews.
Whitton increased their lead after 39 minutes, Mills sending Moss the wrong way from the spot after the keeper had brought down Ronaldo Wright as he went round him.
It was 3-0 just seven minutes later, Duane Wright bursting down the inside right channel and crossing for Ronaldo Wright to sweep home from close range past the exposed Moss.
Mark Roper clipped the top of the Whitton crossbar early in the second period as Woodbridge enjoyed a good spell.
Duane Wright sidefooted home from the edge of the box on the hour and ten minutes later Crane scored from close range following a left-wing cross.
Woodbridge were denied a consolation goal when Darren Harper headed in a corner with 10 minutes remaining but disallowed for a foul on the keeper.
Whitton Utd: Paul Cudworth, Gavin Flurrie, Alan Mills, David Head, James Buckle, Matty Cunningham, Shane Wardley, Kevin Inglis, Ronaldo Wright, Gavin Crane, Duane Wright. Used subs: Paul Calver, Ricky Davis, Damien Brown, Winston Harewood, Carl Wright.
Woodbridge Town: Chris Moss, Tom Trevivian, Callum Finlayson, Andy Crump, James Andrews, James Peachey, Damien Pryke, Steve Dearsley, Mark Roper, Chris Sillett, Matt Pilkington. Used subs: Glenn Snell, Darren Harper, Kevin Morrison, Adam Glencastle, Richard Taylor.
Referee: Ed Frazer.
Kevin Inglis celebrates after scoring his stunning free-kick to give Whitton United the lead in the Best Badges Suffolk Veterans' Cup Final against Woodbridge Town at AFC Sudbury. Photograph: Paul Voller