Late goal sees Stowmarket lift cup

STOWMARKET Town hit the high spots at Portman Road last night with a 2-1 Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup win over Grundisburgh.After several years in the doldrums, an 88th minute super strike from Warren Taylor-Holt won the homely Ridgeons League club some meaningful silverware.

By Elvin King

STOWMARKET Town hit the high spots at Portman Road last night with a 2-1 Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup win over Grundisburgh.

After several years in the doldrums, an 88th minute super strike from Warren Taylor-Holt won the homely Ridgeons League club some meaningful silverware.

And goal-hero Taylor-Holt, 24, says it will start a forward move for the mid-table First Division club.

After suffering relegation and then failing to make any impact in the lower tier of the Ridgeons League, Stowmarket's plight was as drab as their Greens Meadow surroundings.

They responded to playing in the plush surroundings of Portman Road and Nedging Tye-based Taylor-Holt says that last night's success can be the springboard for better times.

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“I can see the club goingforward now,” he said. “This will kick-start an upward move.

“The win is great for the club and we have plenty to celebrate at last.”

A Stowmarket player for the last five years, Taylor-Holt reflected on his match-winning goal.

“The ball went loose and I was able to cut inside and run forward into the penalty area.

“To be honest I was waiting for someone to clip my legs, but when I still found myself on my feet I drove the ball low at the goal.

“And it went just in the right place. It was a great feeling as few people get a chance to score at Portman Road.

“Ipswich Town are the team I support and the pitch was in tremendous condition.”

Stowmarket chairman Andy Horrex had said after a first round penalty shoot-out victory over Leiston St Margaret's that his club's name was on the trophy - and so it proved.

Grundisburgh were certainly not disgraced and they opened the scoring through Tom Parker only for an error by keeper Louis Johnson to allow key defender Chris Leys to equalise for Stowmarket before Taylor-Holt's late winner.