Walsham-le-Willows suffer back-to-back losses

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Walsham-le-Willows slipped to back-to-back home league defeats when beaten 3-1 by Brightlingsea Regent in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.

Paul Smith’s charges — who travel to Ely City tomorrow (3pm) — started the game well, but after 10 minutes they were undone when a quick breakaway down the Walsham left saw Ricky Griggs get time and space to pick out Kevin Coyle to put the chance away.

The Willows continued to press forward and chances fell to Jack Brame and Ryan Foster, but these were kept out by the Brightlingsea defence.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Brightlingsea got their second when Walsham failed to clear and Griggs planted his shot into the bottom corner.

Walsham continued to press forward and more chances fell to Andrew Wood, Charlie Robinson and Foster, but all these came to nothing.

After 67 minutes, Brightlinsea wrapped the game up when, from a corner, Phil Kelly had a free header that was touched in by Scott Yearling.

Walsham got a consolation goal after 80 minutes when a cross from Andrew Cusack was headed out to Paul Musgrove, who in turn found Foster to fire home.

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n Walsham-le-Willows Reserves advanced past Haverhill Borough Reserves in the second round of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup.

Tom Driscoll fired into the top corner to put the Willows ahead, but the result was not secure until stoppage time when, after Haverhill goalkeeper Anthony Choat had made a fine double save from Ryan Twinn and Conor Davey, the latter smashed home.

n Team Bury host Downham Town in the Thurlow Nunn First Division tomorrow (3pm) before travelling to Saffron Walden Town in the first round of the First Division Knockout Cup on Tuesday.

The Blues’ matches with Cornard United and Great Yarmouth Town were postponed this week.