Felixstowe & Walton pull off superb win at AFC Sudbury

Bradley Barber

Bradley Barber - Credit: Archant

Thurlow Nunn outfit Felixstowe & Walton United survived a second-half onslaught from AFC Sudbury to pull off a superb 3-2 win in the Suffolk Premier Cup last night.

Ben Cranfield

Ben Cranfield - Credit: Archant

The Seasiders, who scored in the first half through Ben Cranfield and Bradley Barber, clinched the game thanks to Danny Thrower’s 64th-minute strike and were then indebted to some superb defending and goalkeeping to cause an upset against their Ryman League North opponents.

Danny Thrower

Danny Thrower - Credit: Archant

Danny Crump had already made a superb reflex save with the game level at 2-2, Jamie Forshaw having bagged a first half brace for the hosts, to deny Matt Daniels’ effort, before the stopper tipped over Greg Crane’s late header.

Arran Sheppard also played his part, clearing Daniels’ effort off the line, while Jack Cowley and Thompson went close with headers.

Amid the hosts’ pressure, Felixstowe broke away and, as they had done several times through the game, stretched Sudbury’s backline, Thrower finishing off a pass from Ryan Birchfield - the Seasiders breaking from a Sudbury corner.

The hosts had the better of the second period and had to improve following a first period largely dominated by the away team.

In the early stages, Rhys Barber’s header from a corner was tipped over the bar by Alex Archer as the Seasiders showed early intent.

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Then, Birchfield’s rasper from the edge of the box went narrowly wide.

The Seasiders were playing the better football, but Sudbury took the lead on 17 minutes against the run of play.

Thompson’s grass-cutter from distance was only parried by Crump and Forshaw followed up to make no mistake three yards out.

However, the lead was not to last and Felixstowe got on terms three minutes later, Cranfield latching onto a pass that split open the hosts’ defence and finishing from 16 yards.

It could have got worse for Sudbury two minutes when Birchfield stooped to head against the post.

Felixstowe went ahead eight minutes before the break, Barber in acres of room making no mistake from 10 yards - the Sudbury defence found wanting again.

AFC manager David Batch’s response was to make two substitutions, with Payton Swatman and Jemel Fox being replaced by Matt Daniels and Dave Cowley respectively,

And the hosts were level five minutes later when Forshaw headed home after Crump spilled a simple cross.

Sudbury started the second half stronger and Sheppard prevented Daniels’ effort from crossing the line, Dave Cowley with the cross.

A minute later, Jack Cowley went close with a glancing header from a corner, before Daniels was denied by Crump, the stopper tipping the ball over the bar.

Then came the sucker-punch, Thrower scoring the winner against the run of play.

Sudbury. tried to hit back but Daniel Davis headed Sam Clarke’s effort off the line

Steve Spriggs spurned a hat-trick of decent chances for the hosts, the best seeing him fire over from 10 yards when more composure was required.

But the visitors, who played some slick football throughout, were not to be denied a fantastic victory.

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