THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
FIRST DIVISION KNOCKOUT CUP FINAL
Stowmarket Town 0
Haverhill Borough 5
The scoreline was not representative of the game itself, but Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews made no excuses for their cup final capitulation on Friday.
Borough had led 3-0 going into the break but it was a match where only the brilliance of their goalkeeper Charlie Turner kept Stow from making a game of it.
“We’re bitterly disappointed. After a cup run where we’ve defeated very strong sides like Halstead, Ely and King’s Lynn, we’ve been punished for mistakes by a strong Haverhill side who worked harder than us on the night,” said Andrews.
It was Borough that got off to the better start, with Pruden opening the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes as he intercepted a pass from Ashley Holmes and beat Stow goalkeeper Dan Joyce.
Borough’s Ryan Swallow was then unfortunate to see his free-kick hit the outside of the post from the edge of the box, but Scott Lodge made amends as his audacious long-range effort found the top corner of the Stowmarket goal.
Stowmarket then came into the game as Mical Moore first produced an outstanding save from Turner, before Borough defender Rory Bone headed off the line from James Graham’s headed effort.
Borough always looked a threat going forwards, though, and scored their third just after half an hour of play as Bone’s cross from the left was met by Jon Milne’s looping header that found the top corner.
Then, Stow’s Remell Davis looked certain to score as he broke one-on-one with Turner, but again the Borough keeper stood firm.
Two further goals followed after the restart, with the first coming courtesy of Craig Pruden’s half-volley.
The fifth and final goal of the contest arrived in the second minute of stoppage time when Matt Staines poked the ball home at the back post.
STOWMARKET: Joyce, B. Holmes, Pleasance, A. Holmes, Cuddy, Graham (Seccombe, 52), DAVIS (MOTM), Moore, Mead, Dixon, Proctor (Rampley, 71).