Framlingham Town's hat-trick hero Joe Berry admits his side was fortunate to progress to semi-finals
Joe Berry could not have dreamt up a better way of playing his part to lead Framlingham Town into the semi-finals of the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup.
With his side trailing 2-0 at divisional rivals AFC Sudbury Reserves on Saturday with just 23 minutes to go, the number 10 claimed a hat-trick.
After making sure on the line from Brad Byrne’s near-post slice in the 68th minute he struck twice in the final six minutes to spark joyous scenes.
First, he rifled home a loose ball through a crowd of players following a corner in the 84th minute. And less than 90 seconds later he was celebrating putting his side on their way to the semi-finals via a well placed header.
But the match winner was humble enough to admit it was a rather fortuitous passage through for his side.
“It got to the second goal and I genuinely thought the game was done,” said Berry. “Sudbury played really well to be fair to the young boys and they deserved to win at the end of the day. It was clear they played better but somehow we got three goals out of nowhere but that is the cup for you.”
The player who has played for every Framlingham side since joining the club aged six added: “What I liked about us today was we didn’t give up. We played our football, trying to get the balls out wide and into the box which we did three times and scored three times.
“It was a one-yard tap-in but it was a hat-trick.”
* Framlingham will take on Lakenheath on the same 3G pitch at AFC Sudbury a week tomorrow (3pm) with Bildeston Rangers and Ipswich Wanderers playing in the other semi-final on the same day, at Claydon FC.
But Suffolk FA has revealed the final will not be at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road ground this season, due to maintenance work on the pitch.