TWO of Felixstowe & Walton United’s Young Guns caught the eye as they progressed to the last eight of this season’s Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup.
Both Henry Barley, 22, and 19-year-old Charlie Warren were on target as the Seasiders won 4-1 at Lakenheath in Wednesday night’s second-round tie to book their quarter-final berth.
Barley turned in a man-of-the-match performance on the right wing capped off by an excellent individual goal and Warren, a second-half substitute, netted two well-taken efforts.
The visitors were the better side in the opening period but were not able to make their superiority count against a Lakenheath side who were missing half-a-dozen regulars.
However, they took the lead within two minutes of the start of the second-half when Josh Mayhew turned home from close range only to quickly concede an equaliser when Callum Robinson spilt Luke Young’s free-kick and Ted Johnson forced home the rebound.
Warren controlled well before dispatching a shot on the turn into the bottom corner of the net to put the Seasiders back in front, before Barley cut in from the right and finished well into the bottom corner.
A fine individual goal by Warren late on capped off a comfortable victory for the Step 4 side against their Step 5 hosts.
Felixstowe & Walton United's Henry Barley (left) and Charlie Warren (right) were both in fine form for the Seasiders against Lakenheath in Wednesday's tie. Main photograph: Josh Mayhew sidefoots home to give the Seasiders the lead at Lakenheath early in the second half. Photographs: Stefan Peck
Felixstowe & Walton United boss Stuart Boardley said afterwards: “I thought we were the better side but equally I don’t think we really penetrated them too much.
“I asked for a little bit more from the lads at half time because I felt we were a little bit passive in attacking situations and we were playing very rigidly.
“In the second half we were a lot better, and we broke their lines better and got in between spaces and were able to play football through the midfield more and that paid dividends.”
Boardley, who was disappointed with the goal his side conceded, had words of praise for both Barley and Warren, who scored three of his side’s four goals.
“Henry was superb. He has been out of the side in recent weeks, but he has certainly given me a headache now as I thought he was excellent from start to finish, not only his goal but I thought he was our brightest player, certainly in the first-half.
“Charlie came on and he was superb. Let’s be honest, he carried a real threat going forward and has great feet,” said Boardley.
The six sides through to this season’s quarter-finals are Felixstowe & Walton United, Hadleigh United, Ipswich Wanderers, Leiston, Lowestoft Town and Stowmarket Town.
AFC Sudbury take on Ipswich Town next Tuesday and Long Melford entertain holders Needham Market next Wednesday.
The quarter-final draw will be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk between 6.30pm ad 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 1 Felixstowe & Walton Utd 4.