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Felixstowe run out of steam in final

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:52 03 March 2010

PREMIER CUP SOCCER: AFC Sudbury 3 Felixstowe & Walton United 1. Pre-match favourites AFC Sudbury had to wait until the second half before gaining the ascendancy in this season's Suffolk Premier Cup final at Hadleigh.

Suffolk Premier Cup Final

AFC Sudbury 3 Felixstowe & Walton United 1

PRE-match favourites AFC Sudbury had to wait until the second half before gaining the ascendancy in this season's Suffolk Premier Cup final at Hadleigh.

Felixstowe were gifted an early goal and, although Sudbury quickly drew level, the Seasiders held their own until running out of steam against superior opposition in the second-period.

A long throw-in by Karl Knights led to the opening goal after only three minutes as Sudbury defender John Bishop attempted to head clear but only managed to nod the ball into his own net.

Sudbury drew level in the 10th minute as Gary Bennett's header looped just under the crossbar although there was a suspicion of another own goal as Felixstowe defender Andy Clarke appeared to get a touch with his head as he challenged Bennett.

After the interval Sudbury gradually gained control and in the 54th minute Charters made another great block, but the danger was not cleared and the ball eventually ran loose to Arron Gardiner who fired into the top corner of the net from just inside the penalty area.

Ten minutes later Neil Calver and Lee Norfolk received red cards after a scuffle and then Claydon ran clear for a solo goal after 66 minutes to make sure that Sudbury's name would be going on the cup.


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