Two goals in the space of three minutes gave Bures United a 2-1 victory over AFC YourShirts in this season’s Suffolk FA Primary Cup.
Darren Smith and Jack Durey were both on target in the opening 25 minutes, and although Gavin Paul pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining, Bures held firm to lift the trophy.
But the win was not painless, as manager Denis Handley was left nursing a shoulder injury following his side’s boisterous celebrations at the final whistle.
Handley was in charge two years ago when Bures — who play in the Andreas Carter Essex and Suffolk Border League Division Three — lost by the same scoreline to Barham Athletic in the final.
But Bures banished any thoughts of going home empty-handed this time with an impressive all-round display in front of a crowd of 393 at Colchester United last Wednesday.
Handley praised his players after producing a ‘complete performance’.
He said: “We played well against a good side, who have been unbeaten in their league for a reason.
“We scored two great goals. We have got pace and we will always use that on the break.
“I thought everyone played well and did their jobs.
“It was a complete performance, where everyone clicked and it came together.”
Both managers praised Suffolk FA and Colchester United for staging the final at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.
AFC YourShirts Joint Manager Craig Ottaway added: “It was a fantastic occasion — the lads were over the moon to play at a professional stadium.
“If we were going to lose the final anywhere, we would have picked this place to lose.
“I just hope there are similar opportunities to play at places like Colchester United in the future.”