Haverhill knock Cornard out of Suffolk Senior Cup

NO WAY THROUGH: James Beckett breaks up a Borough attack
NO WAY THROUGH: James Beckett breaks up a Borough attack
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Haverhill Borough reached the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Senior Cup with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Cornard United on Saturday, writes Gary Brown.

The Ards started well with goalkeeper Anthony Choat forced into a number of early saves.

In the ninth minute, the influential Cameron Ward brought a fine diving save from Choat with a powerful shot and, from the resulting corner, Ryan Kent headed a shot off the line.

Ryan Weaver broke through the Cornard defence, forcing a save from Colin Athey.

Cornard opened the scoring in the 16th minute when a cross from Steve Willis was headed in by Ward.

On the half-hour Kent skipped through the visitors’ defence before bringing a fine save from Athey and, from the corner, Gavin Taylor headed in at the near post.

Within five minutes, Borough took the lead following a sublime piece of skill from Aaron Forshaw. He comfortably turned Stuart Bryant before slipping the ball past Athey.

Before the break, Choat was again brought into action, making saves from both Ben Turner and Steve Willis.

Cornard continued their assault in the second half. With four minutes gone, Choat palmed a cross on to Ward’s head and then watched as the ball rebounded over the bar.

Willis then hit the Borough post with a cross from the right wing, before crashing a shot against the post seconds later.

Forshaw had an opportunity to seal a win for Borough, after being put through by substitute Luke Strutton, but he shot wide of the post.

With ten minutes left, a pass from Forshaw found Callum Harrison on the edge of the Cornard penalty area and his powerful shot beat Athey low down on his right.