Sudbury reserves surprise Walsham

SOCCER: Results and reports from the Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-finals.

Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter-Finals

AFC Sudbury Reserves 3 Walsham-le-Willows 1

AFC SUDBURY'S Glen Birch had good reason to celebrate his birthday three days early as it was his two goals that took his side through to a semi-final meeting against Suffolk Senior Cup holders Kirkley.

Birch struck the first and last goals that ended the unbeaten record of opponents and SIL leaders Walsham in front of a large crowd.

AFC Sudbury almost took a dramatic second- minute lead when Dixon slid a pass through to Flannagin with Birch moving onto his square pass to send a shot crashing against the far post.

Shortly after Pearce dived full-length to meet Patrick's cross only for his header to strike Wallis.

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With the home side continuing to look the more threatening Mustoe dived to save another header from Pearce at the foot of the post. There was a scare for AFC when Boon, racing from goal, failed to make contact with Musgrove's free kick, but Howe was on hand to head away Miles' goalbound header.

Birch put the home side in front on the half hour seizing on the ball after Pearce had stumbled on Dixon's chip pass over the defence to drive the ball past Mustoe.

Three minutes later Walsham were level when, after Howe had headed away from under his own bar, the defence failed to clear Smith's return header and Partridge shot low into the net.

Within minutes of the restart a mix-up between Boon and Ellis let in Miles but his shot across the face of goal just finished wide. Mustoe then saved well from Pearce before Greaves provided the pass that sent Dixon racing into the penalty area.

His shot rebounded off the post to Patrick whose cross to the far post allowed Flannagin to head comfortably home.

Only a superb reflex save by Boon denied Walsham a second equaliser when he somehow parried a stinging volley from Musgrove who shortly after was sent off.

Three minutes from time another crossfield build-up ended with G Boon squaring into the path of Birch whose powerful low shot flashed into the net from 15 yards.

Haverhill Rovers 4 Melton St Audry's 2

HAVERHILL will take on fellow Jewson League team Leiston in the semi-finals after defeating their Metaltec SIL opponents in a thrilling contest.

The home side took the lead in the sixth minute, Brandt sliding the ball to Jenkin who side-footed home from four yards.

It became 2-0 in the 18th minute, Cogger finding the ball at his feet 25 yards out and the ball sailed into the almost empty net.

Melton grabbed a goal back 12 minutes into the second half, Thirkettle's 20-yard drive taking a large deflection off Hunt's head to leave the goalkeeper with no chance.

Haverhill regained their two-goal lead in the 80th minute, Brandt's shot coming back off the near post and spinning backwards over the goal line.

Melton set up a tense finish six minutes later, Simon Fryatt squeezing the ball over the line to make it 3-2. Brandt made sure Haverhill went through four minutes into injury time, his shot from Walker's cross back into the danger zone sealing the 4-2 victory.

Ashlea 3 Leiston 4 (AET)

LEISTON progressed to their first Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final for 16 years following an extra-time victory over Ashlea.

On a very sticky pitch Leiston put in a lack lustre performance against their battling Anglian Combination opponents.

After a couple of early scares Leiston took the lead when Jennings held off the challenge of Winney to calmly beat Nolloth. Twelve minutes later Fryer crossed to the far post where Jennings headed the second. Ashlea were given a lifeline in the 40th minute when the unfortunate Goodard sliced Coote's cross past his own keeper Hinnels.

Hinnels then twice denied Ashlea before another defensive mistake allowed Coote to equalise. Jennings cleverly sidestepped Halsey to complete his hat-trick but strangely the linesman had flagged for offside. Both sides could have snatched a win but the game went into extra time. A minute into extra time another defensive howler allowed Bloomfield to give Ashlea the lead. Leiston needed a slice of luck and this arrived in the 103rd minute when T Chenery's cross caused confusion in the home defence and Taylor headed in.

Now with their tails up Leiston sensed victory and Judd Chenery provided the winning goal in the 114th minute, flashing his shot past Nolloth from the edge of the box to set up a semi-final clash with Haverhill on February 16.