AFC Sudbury Ladies lift cup for first time

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SUFFOLK WOMEN’S CUP FINAL: AFC Sudbury Ladies 5 Brandon Town Ladies 0

AFC Sudbury Ladies manager Clive Golding heaped praise on his side after the club lifted the Suffolk Women’s Cup for the first time.

Golding’s side beat Brandon Town Ladies 5-0 in Thursday night’s final at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow courtesy of two strikes from Rachel Gwilliam, one apiece for Charley Roach and Charlotte Churchman, as well as an own goal.

AFC Sudbury had defeated favourites and holders Ipswich Town Women 3-2 in the semi-final of this season’s competition to reach the 
final where they overcome their lower-league 
opposition leaving the manager delighted with his players and staff.

“You can never take 
anything for granted when you play teams from lower leagues, just like when we played 
Ipswich Town in the semi-final,” he said. “We were a little bit nervous to begin with but once we calmed down we started to play some good football.

“Hats off to Brandon. They gave us a good game and they are looking to join the Eastern Region Women’s League next season, so we wish them well.

“Special praise should go to Jemel Fox who has coached the girls and done a great job this season.

“Our success is all about the squad – it is never just the team – and the whole squad have contributed during the season.”

The cup and medals were presented by Suffolk FA honorary life member Gordon Rayner and Paige Shorten, the county’s girls’ and women’s football development officer.

AFC Sudbury Ladies: Helena Brodie, Rebecca Thrower, Marie Seabrook, Natalie Curtin, Katie Burrows, Charlotte Churchman, Emma Squirrell, Rachel Gwilliam, Natalie Golding, Charley Roach, Kayleigh Steed. Used substitutes: Charlotte Golding, Vikki Studd, Annalise Ryan, Harriet Young.