LOWESTOFT Town manager Jamie Godbold would love to lift the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup again.
Godbold enjoyed success in the competition with the club as a player and has his sights set on achieving the same as a manager.
The Trawlerboys reached this season’s second round thanks to a comfortable 4-1 win at lower-league Walsham-le-Willows on Tuesday night.
Adam Hipperson, playing in his first match in the competition, scored twice and Karl Saffrey put through his own goal trying to clear a shot from Owen Lane to put Lowestoft 3-0 ahead.
Debutant Jack Brame, who has re-signed for Walsham after most recently playing at Long Melford, pulled one back, but Hipperson completed his hat-trick to set up a second-round tie away to Haverhill Rovers in the New Year.
Jayden Cohen (green & white striped shirt) pulls a goal back for Whitton United against Ipswich Town (red & black striped shirts) in Ipswich's 4-1 win at King George Vth. Main photograph: Ben Haddoch (far right) watches his shot enter the net for Ipswich's opening goal. Photographs: Paul Voller
Godbold said of the striker who signed from Dereham Town in the summer: ““His finish is outstanding, and he rarely misses the target.
“The first goal was just touch, bang and his second and third were equally as good – no back lift, he just strikes the ball so cleanly and always seems to hit the target.
“It was a good night for him and a good night for the young lads who have come in tonight – we had four under-18s who have their FA Youth Cup game (at AFC Sudbury) on Thursday so good to get them minutes in a first-team shirt and they will be well prepared for Thursday’s game.”
Godbold, whose side currently top Isthmian North with eight straight league wins after being relegated last season, is eyeing a run in this season’s Premier Cup.
“I liked the competition as a player and we have had some great days out and nights out on the back of winning the competition and I would like to lift some silverware for the club as it’s been a while since we have got into a final or indeed had something to cheer about,” he said.
Ian Hubbard, who is joint interim manager of Walsham with Chay Budd following the resignation of Trevor Collins, said: “We played a really good side tonight who have come off the back of a 6-1 win last week against the side that won our league last year.
“In the second half I thought we had a really good go, especially coming back to 3-1 and felt we had the ascendency, where we were starting to get on top.”
Hubbard said Walsham were aggrieved, claiming that the ball had gone out of play in the build-up to Lowestoft’s fourth goal
Ipswich Town’s Under-18s also won 4-1 at Whitton United. Ben Haddoch and Jack Manly put the Young Blues into a 2-0 interval lead and Ash Boatswain added a third.
Jesse Nwabueze (red & black striped shirt) fires home Ipswich Town fourth goal against Whitton United (green & white striped shirts) to cement their place in the next round. Photograph: Paul Voller
Jayden Cohen reduced the deficit before Jesse Nwabueze restored Town’s three-goal advantage and set up a trip to Leiston in round two.
The biggest winners of the night were AFC Sudbury who saw off visitors Brantham Athletic 6-1.
The home team led 3-0 at the break after Jake Turner put them ahead and Josh Stokes then scored twice.
Alfie Owen-Jones pulled one back before Sak Hassan and two more from Nnamdi Nwachuku underlined Sudbury’s superiority to earn a trip to Mildenhall Town in the second round.
In the first match to be played in this season’s Portable Space Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup, Cornard United Reserves ran out 3-0 winners at Debenham LC Reserves on Tuesday night.
Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup First Round: AFC Sudbury 6 Brantham Athletic 1, Walsham-le-Willows 1 Lowestoft Town 4, Whitton Utd 1 Ipswich Town XI 4.
Portable Space Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup First Round: Debenham LC Res 0 Cornard Utd Res 3.