Reggie Lambe helps Stowmarket Town to cup semi-final win
Reggie Lambe put in another solid shift as he and his Stowmarket Town team-mates cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Leiston FC in the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final at Needham Market Football Club on Wednesday night.
The Bermuda attacker was involved in the visitors’ first two goals which were scored either side of the interval, all but securing their spot in the final for the first time in 25 years.
The opener came in the 31st minute when Leiston goalkeeper Sam Donkin’s clearance picked out Lambe. His pass to fellow forward Luke Brown was then intercepted by Leiston defender Ollie Saunders, whose back pass rolled past the onrushing Donkin and into the empty net.
Lambe also had a hand in Stowmarket’s second goal, which arrived in the 75th minute as his cross was handled in the area by their former player Seb Dunbar. Striker Josh Mayhew dispatched the resulting penalty kick to give Stowmarket more breathing space.
Mayhew then added his second a minute from time. Donkin parried Stowmarket defender Chris Casement’s firm strike, and Mayhew was on hand to tap in the loose ball to seal the victory.
Lambe and his team-mates, which includes compatriot Willie Clemons, will face Needham Market or Kirkley and Pakefield who play their semi-final on April 12.
The final will be held at Colchester United on April 21.
The cup win was the perfect response for Stowmarket, who bounced back from a 2-1 defeat away to leaders Aveley in the Isthmian League North in their previous outing.
Aveley’s Jon Benton and Casement traded goals to leave the teams deadlocked at 1-1 at the interval at Parkside.
Clemons had a goal controversially waved off by the referee assistant’s flag before midfielder Benton grabbed a 90th-minute winner to finally settle a tight affair.
Stowmarket remain third in the league standings, six points adrift of leaders Aveley and two behind second placed Canvey Island, with a couple of games in hand.
The eventual league winners will secure the automatic promotion spot, with the next four teams to compete in a play-off for the remaining promotion place.
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