Needham Market gave manager Mark Morsley a great send-off on Monday night as his side beat Ryman League Premier Division rivals Lowestoft Town to lift the Suffolk Premier Cup at Colchester United`s Weston Homes Community Stadium.
This was Morsley`s last game as boss before he moves `upstairs` to become the club’s chairman.
It was also midfielder Kemal Izzet`s last game for the Marketmen and it was perhaps fitting that the club captain should finish at the home of the club he made over 420 Football League appearances for.
Morsley`s side got off to a great start when they opened the scoring after just 3 minutes when Luke Ingram notched his 20th goal of the season from close range after Jack Simmons` corner.
But just 3 minutes later, the Trawlerboys were back on level terms when a free-kick fell kindly for defender Frazer Blake-Tracey to fire home.
The game was end-to-end and entertaining fare for the 500-plus crowd.
It was the Marketmen, however, who took a lead into half-time when Simmons fired a 25-yard effort past Jake Jessup.
It became 3-1 just 3 minutes into the second half after more good work from Simmons eventually led to striker John Sands netting at the far post.
Then, in the 84th minute, Lowestoft set up a grandstand finish when Blake-Tracey grabbed his second of the night from close range.
But it was the Marketmen who held on to win the Suffolk Premier Cup for the second time.
Tonight’s win was also a fitting tribute to the East Anglian’s best non-league manager Mark Morsley, who managed his last game tonight. pic.twitter.com/FvoAI5a5A4
— Needham Market FC (@NMFCTWEETS) May 8, 2017