LOWESTOFT Town manager Jamie Godbold said Walsham-le-Willows deserved a ‘huge amount of credit’ after they pushed the Trawlerboys all the way in the Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup.
The Step 4 side needed a 95th minute penalty to see off Step 5 Walsham 4-3 in Tuesday’s second-round tie at the Foster’s Solicitors Community Stadium.
A possible upset was on the cards as lower-league Walsham swept into an early two-goal lead through Ethan Garcia (7 mins) and Charlie Iglesias (24 mins).
However, their hosts drew level through Sam Aldous and Kyle Haylock, who scored after 28 and 30 minutes respectively, to restore parity before the break.
Captain Travis Cole then put Lowestoft in front after 50 minutes only for Iglesias to equalise with his second goal of the game six minutes later.
Lowestoft won it in time added on when Harvey Sayer scored from the penalty spot after Owen Murphy had been brought down.
Godbold said: “It was a fantastic cup tie and we must give Walsham a huge amount of credit for the part they played in an entertaining game.
“I thought they were great – they went toe-to-toe with us and caused us problems all night long. Huge credit must go to them for the way they played.
“It was a great cup-tie for the supporters, a real end-to-end game with plenty of goals and, fortunately for us, the winning goal going our way to book us a place in the next round.”
Lowestoft Town's Adam Hipperson (blue shirt) fires across the face of the Walsham-le-Willows goal during Tuesday night's second-round tie. Main photograph: Harvey Sayer (right) celebrates his 95th minute winner from the penalty spot with Kyle Haylock (left) and Owen Murphy. Photographs: Shirley Whitlow
Lowestoft’s fellow Step 4 side Stowmarket Town had a more routine 3-1 win away to Kirkley & Pakefield.
The visitors led 3-0 at the interval thanks to goals from Ollie Canfer (9 mins) and two from Jack Ladbrook (31 & 37 mins).
Kirkley pulled one back through Max Kirby in the 88th minute, but it is Stowmarket who join Hadleigh United, Ipswich Wanderers, Leiston and Lowestoft Town in the last eight.
Step 5 side Lakenheath host Step 4 Felixstowe & Walton United in the sixth of this season’s second-round ties on Wednesday night.
The final two second round matches are next week – AFC Sudbury entertain Ipswich Town on Tuesday and Long Melford take on holders Needham Market on Wednesday.
The quarter-final draw will be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk between 6.30pm and 7.30pm this Friday.
Midweek Fixtures & Results
Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Kirkley & Pakefield 1 Stowmarket Town 3, Lowestoft Town 4 Walsham-le-Willows 3.
Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup Second Round: Lakenheath v Felixstowe & Walton Utd (7.45pm).