Despite injury forcing them to play with 10 men for 55 minutes, Long Melford Under-18s took Bury Town all the way to penalties before a heartbreaking exit.
MATCH OF THE WEEK:
FA YOUTH CUP FINAL QUALIFYING ROUND
Long Melford 2
Bury Town 2
(after extra-time, Bury won 9-8 on penalties)
More than 100 people turned out at Stoneylands on Thursday night to see a brave performance from Melford’s youngsters come within a penalty kick of setting up a first round proper tie with League side Dagenham and Redbridge.
Melford made a nervy start, but Richie Abbot put them ahead five mintues before half-time, when he beat his man and fired home from Harry Liskus’ crossfield ball.
After the break Melford defended resolutely with Ross Mackay and Adam Clarke winning plenty of tackles before Bury finally levelled after 65 minutes when a ball over the top allowed Tanner Call in to finish.
Two strong Melford penalty appeals were waved away before they were dealt a cruel blow when Tom Wingfield had to leave the field with injury after all three substitutes had already been used.
Despite this, the home fans went mad when Melford went ahead in the first half of extra-time as Liskus turned and finished in the box.
But with three minutes remaining Dion Dozzell levelled for Bury before they eventually won an epic shooutout 9-8.
Melford: Potter, Ager, Spurway, Clarke, Mackay, Fryer, Dolan-Roberts, Liskus, Wingfield, Bayliss, Abbot. Subs used: Binfield, White, Fisher. Unused: Warnock, adidison.
FA COUNTY YOUTH CUP
Suffolk 6 Berks & Bucks 1
Cornard United duo Joe Chester and Cameron Ward made their county debuts with the latter on the scoresheet as Suffolk swept aside their visitors at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow on Saturday.
Chester started the game alongside Hadleigh United goalkeeper Max Planck and AFC Sudbury pair James Crisell and Scott Kemp, while Ward came on as an 87th-minute substitute.
Suffolk goals came from Sam Thrower (two), Ace Howell, Matt West, Tevan Allen and Ward.
AFC Sudbury 4
Jack Cole scored twice in a man-of-the-match display as AFC Sudbury bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat to top-of-the-league Lakenheath.
Sudbury started the match the stronger team and went in front after 20 minutes when Cole dispatched his first from Jamie Richford’s long ball.
It was then just a couple of minutes before Oscar Gammon made it two before half-time.
Gammon continued to work hard through the middle and soon sent a fine ball through to Cole for his second.
Liam Skipp, playing up front, got his reward by picking up a loose ball in the box and scoring the fourth.
Stowupland Falcons 1
AFC Sudbury Falcons 2
AFC Sudbury Falcons came from behind to claim victory at Stowupland and preserve their unbeaten start to the season.
Stowupland made the breakthrough after 10 minutes and it could have been more were it not for an outstanding display by player-of-the-match Reuben Devereux in defence.
The start of the second half saw an excellent throughball from Cory Willings find Josh Hughes who did well to poke the ball past the advancing goalkeeper to bring the game level.
Joe Walsh made an important last-ditch tackle from a rare Stowupland break before a great piece of individual skill saw Hughes snatch a win in the dying seconds.
AFC: McGregor, Hughes, Mattock, Mills, Anderson, Cullinane, Edwards, Willings, Gittings, Rogers, King, Devereux.
Elmswell Thunder 3
Clare Town Lions 5
Clare Town Lions came out on top of an eight goal thriller to overcome Elmswell Thunder in a 5-3 victory.
Woody Marshall was the visitors’ star man, grabbing a quick-fire hat-trick to send his side in well in control at the break.
After the interval, Elmswell pulled one back, but Marshall scored a fourth to restore the three-goal cushion.
Elmswell responded again, scoring twice to set up a tense final ten minutes before Max Boxall added a fifth to make the game safe.
Colchester Villa 0
Cornard Dynamos Blues 6
Cornard Dynamos Blues hit the goal trail to cruise to a comfortable 6-0 win over Colchester Villa.
A Jack Hurrell hat-trick was added to by Kai McKnight and Angus Mills as Cornard took a five-goal advantage into the interval.
Villa responded after the break, but could not find a way past the dogged defending of Johnny Ogle, before Mills added his second and Blues sixth to wrap up a comfortable afternoon.
Colchester Villa Reds 1 Great Cornard
Dynamos Reds 2
Cornard continued their run of good form with an impressive win over a resolute Villa.
Cornard’s early pressure paid off as Villa conceded a penalty which Jack Ingram converted to take a one-goal lead into half-time.
Callum Scott doubled the advantage after the break and despite the hosts creating a tense final few minutes, by pulling a goal back, Cornard held on to claim victory.
n AFC Sudbury Under-16s are looking for an outfield player and a goalkeeper. Call Nick O’Mara on 07860 774715.