Borough need extra-time in cup

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Wickham Market 1

Haverhill Borough 3

after extra time

Two extra-time goals secured Haverhill Borough’s progress into the next round of the Suffolk Senior Cup after a valiant display from Wickham Market on Saturday.

Borough started the stronger of the two sides, with Charlie Sigler and Craig Pruden both going close in the opening minutes. Ryan Swallow tested the Wickham defence and Cameron Watson forced the Wickham keeper, Paul King, into a fine save.

Borough’s early dominance began to wane, as Michael Crowfoot forced Charlie Turner into a fine save before Turner was left helpless a minute later when Sam Cresswell sent a curling shot over the keeper and into the top of the net, giving the hosts a surprise lead.

Pruden equalised for Borough after 67 minutes with a fine left-foot volley.

Winger Matt Staines headed against the outside of post before Pruden forced King into a fine save.

As the game entered injury time, both teams spurned chances. First Borough skipper Harry Halls blazed over after good work from Pruden, before a rare Wickham attack saw Shawn Clarke strike a shot which crashed against the upright with Turner beaten.

Borough continued to create chances in the first of the extra periods before Staines collected the ball in the penalty area and fired the visitors into the lead.

Harry Halls had an opportunity to secure the game for Haverhill with 10 minutes left, his shot was again saved by King.

With Borough down to 10 men after substitute Danny Shipton limped off with a turned ankle, Wickham threw all their players forward at a rare corner.

With King stranded on the half way line as Borough broke quickly, it was left to Swallow to collect the ball and hit a long-range shot which bounced once before evading the desperate back tracking defenders to give Borough a deserved victory.

Haverhill return to Thurlow Nunn League First Division action with a trip to Needham Market Reserves tomorrow (7.45pm), before hosting Braintree Town Reserves on Wednesday (7.45pm).