Will Gill in action against Saxmundham Sports

The current standings of the First and Reserve Teams within the ISFL league structure mean both sides would qualify for the Suffolk FA Anglian Radio Trust Sunday Trophy. The rules are that a club can only enter one team so Playford chose to assmeble their squad from both Firsts and Reserves. The fourteen-man squad consisted three players making their first team debuts, two playing their first games ever, veterans Chris Jones and Jem Vince, six first teamers and cross-over striker Zak Fonseka.

Nick Bingham gave Playford the lead after 90 seconds, slotting low past the goalkeeper. A short while later Juster was called into action, diving low to his left to palm away a low shot.

Gill had a chance from a Lord cross but he couldn't get enough power to guide his header past the 'keeper. Stetton started to get into the game as the half drew to it's conclusion and he was slotted through into the penalty area. Under presure from a defender he turned back on himself to make space but he was closed down by another defender before making the most of his shooting chance.

Saxmundham Sports enjoyed further pressure winning a number of free-kicks around the box, before finding an equaliser, a drive from distance skimmed off the wet surface and eluded Juster in the Playford goal. A Saxmundham striker found himself unopposed inside the penalty but a last moment, no doubt goal stopping, challenge from Hunt prevented Playford falling behind.

Nico Williams was introduced for his debut replacing Dean Harris. Sadly moments before the end of the half Stretton went down with a hamstring injury, just as he was getting going. He was replaced for the final two minutes by Kieran Richardson also for his debut. Chris Jones came on at half-time to play the holding role to try and solidify the midfield.

Moments after the re-start Richardson recieved the ball just over the half way line, he carried the ball forward before smashing a drive over the 'keeper into the far side of the roof of the net. The screamer of a goal was virtually his first touch for the club.

Playford effectively rotated their substitutes to not only give everyone minutes but to keep the Saxmundham pressure at bay. Saxmundham continued to attack into the full-back positions and Leon Moye should be given praise for his excellent defensive display during the second period.

Max Juster also pulled off a number of top-draw saves, the best, a double save including a flying dive that clawed up and away a goalbound header.

Bingham and Richardson worked tirelessly to put some pressure and the Saxmundham back line and it eventually paid off with Bingham scoring his second of the morning.

Playford find out who their opponents will be in the second round when the draw is made later today.

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