STOWMARKET Town and Walsham-le-Willows are through to the second round of this season’s Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup.
And the managers of both teams described as ‘brilliant’ the prospect of lining-up against their respective opponents in the last 16.
Stowmarket, who defeated Lowestoft Town 2-0 at Greens Meadow on Tuesday night, will now welcome Ipswich Town, while Walsham will travel to Needham Market after their 2-1 victory over Whitton United.
A smartly-taken goal from Willie Clemons in the tenth minute and a 25-yard shot that found the top corner from Luke Brown after 57 minutes saw Stowmarket ease past the Trawlerboys.
Stowmarket manager Paul Musgrove said: “It was a game where we could have gone in at half time more than one up and we just needed to be more cute in the final third and finish our chances we did have.
“We have been trying to concentrate on passing forward more and when we do it, we are really good and we open teams up and it is just a case of finishing and we did that two or three times in the first half but just needed to be more clinical.”
Lowestoft had their best spell of the match after Stowmarket doubled their lead but failed to really test goalkeeper James Bradbrook.
“You know teams are always going to have their spells in a game and we had to sit in our shape and defend that and I just thought we did get a bit sloppy at times and had too many touches which gave them an opportunity to get better and grow into the game and they did have their threats from set pieces,” said Musgrove.
However, there was no further scoring and the win sets up a second-round tie against Ipswich Town, who will concede home advantage and travel to Greens Meadow.
Musgrove said of the tie: “Brilliant. If there’s anyone you want to draw it is Ipswich and hopefully that will bring the crowds down and the club needs it and it will be a good test for us.
“We know a few people at Ipswich and we owe them a couple of favours for things they have done, so it will be a delight to have them down here and hopefully we can put on a performance that will do everyone proud.”
Matt Collins, who scored the equaliser for Walsham-le-Willows, brings the ball away from Whitton United's Jamal Wiggins during Tuesday night's Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup first-round tie. Main Photograph: Both teams battle for the ball under the floodlights at the King George Vth ground. Photographs: Hannah Parnell
In Tuesday night’s other first-round tie it was Whitton United who took the lead through an Owen Betts penalty awarded for handball, but Matt Collins equalised just before half time.
Kieran Twinn then netted the winner in the second half for Walsham, whose manager Trevor Collins said: “The players showed good character throughout on a pitch that was difficult for both sides. We created a lot of chances, so I was really pleased.
“We had a few injuries, so it gave us the opportunity to rest some players and give others minutes.
“I said to the players before the game there was quite an incentive to go through as the winners play Needham Market.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity for us and we are looking forward to it – they are the games you should want to play in on a good quality pitch against top quality opposition.”
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup First Round: Stowmarket Town 2 Lowestoft Town 0, Whitton Utd 1 Walsham-le-Willows 2.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Revised Second-Round Draw: AFC Sudbury v Mildenhall Town, Bury Town v Felixstowe & Walton Utd, Hadleigh Utd v Lakenheath, Haverhill Rovers v Woodbridge Town, Ipswich Town v Stowmarket Town at Stowmarket Town FC, Kirkley & Pakefield v Long Melford, Leiston v Brantham Athletic, Needham Market v Walsham-le-Willows.
Ties to be played on Tuesday, February 15th, kick-offs 7.45pm.