NATIONAL SMALL SCHOOLS TROPHY
Bedford Middle School 1
Great Cornard Middle School 3
Cornard booked their place in the final of this national tournament for the second year running with a fine team performance.
Goalkeeper Ryan Brace made two outstanding saves in an evenly-matched first half that ended goalless.
The scoring was opened by Murray Lange shortly after the restart, with Bedford quickly pulling one back.
Cornard started to pass much better and Chester Bloomfield set-up Tim Gore to make it 2-1.
Captain David Wilson controlled the middle and Louis Appleby caused all kinds of trouble down the left wing.
Bedford started to play deeper and deeper, so it wasn’t long before Gore returned the earlier favour to Bloomfield, who scored the third.
Bedford, with nothing to lose in the last five minutes, pushed everyone forward, and the Cornard defence of Tom Prentice, Ben Tatum and Bradley Metson were kept busy.
The final will be against Clitheroe Royal Grammer School, with the date and location, with last year’s final conveniently taking place at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road, yet to be confirmed.
Colchester Athletic Blues 1 Long Melford Colts 4
A hat-trick from Freddie McCracken saw Melford secure a convincing win.
It was Athletic who had the first effort on goal, against the run of play, which hit the side netting.
Halfway through the first half, McCracken scored a solo effort, and he scored again four minutes later after being put through from the Melford midfield.
Finlay Sinclair saved a good Athletic shot before McCracken scored another for his hat-trick. Joe Foster had a good chance for the Colts but the effort was saved.
Melford started the second half well, Bryn Gartland scoring with a delicate lofted shot, but they faded as the half went on.
Athletic deservedly got a goal back, but Melford were never in danger.
AFC Sudbury Falcons 3 Stowupland Falcons
Youth Yellows 4
Sudbury fought hard for the win in this high scoring Suffolk FA Cup game, but in the end could not seal a passage into the next round.
Oscar Edwards bagged Sudbury’s first goal, while Jack Dyble worked hard at the back clearing the attacks and Ryan Peacock put in a strong performance on the wing.
Despite this, Stowupland hit the back of the net three times, with keeper James McGregor stopping number four just before half-time.
AFC got another early goal as the second half got under way with a blast from Toby Mattock rattling the net.
They then took their eye off the game and Stowupland stole another goal.
Joe Rogers stopped any further attacks, and Cory Willings pulled another back for AFC.
Player of the match: Eloise King