FELIXSTOWE & Walton United manager Stuart Boardley said his side’s patience paid off as they progressed to the quarter-finals in the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup.
The Seasiders had to come from behind in their second-round tie to beat Bury Town 2-1 at the Atalian Servest Stadium on Tuesday night to reach the quarter-finals of this season’s competition.
Ollie Snaith’s well-struck shot from just outside the penalty area deservedly put Bury ahead in the 43rd minute, before Henry Barley drilled home the equaliser from 25 yards after 75 minutes.
Substitute Ollie Canfer, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, then tapped home the winner from virtually on the goalline in the 86th minute after Billy Holland’s header from Barley’s free-kick hit the inside of the post and bounced across the face of goal.
Felixstowe & Walton United substitute Ollie Canfer taps home the winning goal after a header from Billy Holland (on ground with Bury Town goalkeeper Lewis Ridd) struck the inside of the post and bounced along the goalline. Main photograph: Ollie Canfer is all smiles as he is interviewed for the Suffolk FA Twitter feed after the match. Photographs: Thomas Bradford
The Seasiders will now host lower-league Kirkley & Pakefield at the Goldstar Ground in the last eight next Tuesday.
Boardley said: “They were a lot sharper to the ball than us and I really got into the lads at half time because I don’t think we were aggressive enough in how we were defending.
“We were dropping off and allowing them space and Bury did well, particularly Ryan Jolland driving in from the left was causing us problems.
“They took the lead and deserved to go in at 1-0 at half-time and it possibly could have been more but for some really good saves from Callum (Robinson) in our goal.”
However, Boardley felt his side were dominant in the second half when they were able to make substitutions to influence the game.
“We were patient and we kept the ball and had good possession in good areas of the pitch but we didn’t create quite enough clear-cut chances whilst looking dangerous.
“Henry (Barley) came up with a moment of magic and from then on, we really took the game to them and it only looked like there was going to be one winner.
“The strength of our squad from the bench tonight was really pleasing and I was able to make substitutions that were able to influence the game in the right way and that was what I felt all of our subs did.”
Looking ahead to facing Kirkley & Pakefield in the quarter-finals next Tuesday, Boardley said: “It will still be a tough game and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.
“They have got some good young players and a seasoned side at that level, so make no bones about it, it will be a tough game but against anyone at the Goldstar Ground we really fancy ourselves as we have got a good record there and we will look to take the game to them and hopefully progress.”
Felixstowe & Walton United winger Henry Barley drills home the equaliser past the Bury Town defence in the 75th minute. Photograph: Thomas Bradford
Although disappointed to exit this season’s competition Bury Town boss Ben Chenery said he was proud of his young side, which included three under-18s in the starting line-up.
He said: “I thought in the first half we were much better than the opposition and should have been two or three goals up at half-time. We probably scored from the hardest opportunity we had!
“Felixstowe were physically big and strong and we had four under-18s on the pitch, so I am really proud as it was a big challenge for some of our younger ones.
“Bearing in mind we had played Saturday and they hadn’t you could see the tired legs in the second half and we didn’t have much on the bench to change it in all honesty.
“My overriding emotion is disappointment, but I am really proud of them. They could have rolled over and got bullied but I thought they were great.”
The outstanding second-round tie in this season’s competition is scheduled to take place at The New Croft on Wednesday night when Haverhill rovers hosts fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Woodbridge Town.
Holders Needham Market will travel to the winners in the quarter-finals next week.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Bury Town 1 Felixstowe & Walton Utd 2.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Haverhill Rovers v Woodbridge Town (7.45pm).