Bell rings out for big cup final clash

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Last Thursday The Bell AEI Rugby defeated local rivals Brinklow 3 - 1 after extra time to go through to the Final of the Coventry Telegraph Cup for the first time since 1981.

The ex-Hillmorton Road Club who lost their home ground some years ago when Alstom sold off the ground, continued to exist and now play their home games in Dunchurch.

The final will take place at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday April 30,kicking off at 7.30pm.

The last time the club won the trophy was way back in 1981 when player/manager Terry Branston led his side to victory. Current manager Pete Glover was a second team player back then and was there to cheer on the team to victory.

“I have played with many good teams and great individuals since then yet the club have never made it back to the final again since that time,” said Pete.

“ This year’s side are a young but talented group and will play either Alvis or Southam who meet in the second semi final. It would be great to see as many of the ex players who have pulled on an AEI shirt over the years since then come and support the lads this year.”

The semi final started disastrously on Thursday with The Bell AEI going one down in the first minute to a fine Dale Linton strike. Though the better side on the night AEI didn’t equalise until seven minutes from the end of an excellent encounter. Benny Hyams rifled in the equaliser which took the game into extra time.

Man of the match Bell AEI skipper Sean Castleton put AEI in front with a glancing header from a corner and Hyams wrapped things up with his second and the AEI’s third.

l The side in 1981 was: 
Mick Demaine, Lee Foster, Geoff Kenning, Chris Demaine, Terry Branston, Dave Furness, Barry Wilcox, Chris Hine, Martin Skelcey, Geoff Crane, Mick Frankish, Ges McGahey, John McGahey, 
Ian Jackson, Tom Murray – Assistant Manager.Trainer Pat McGahey.

l This year’s squad is Warren Courtney, Mitch Boe, Sean Castleton, Matty Izzard, Jim Farrow, Josh Banton, Atal Hinds, Rich Middleton, Harry Pawsey, Michael Glover, Alex Platt, Benny Hyams, Curt Tailby , Paul Beevor, Chris Zaricky and Kane Finney. Managers Pete Glover and John Kerr.