JK Timber - Rugby & District
Sunday Football League.
The Bell 5
Black Horse 2
The last day of the season ended with our two big cup finals at Butlin Road, writes Stuart Taylor.
The first game of the day was the Rugby Advertiser Cup Final which featured The Bell from division one and the Black Horse from division three.
The Black Horse took the initiative and went ahead from the penalty-spot in the 8th minute when Paul Barker converted. It took the Bell just four minutes to find the equaliser and what a super strike it was. The Bell won a free-kick 25 yards out and Tom Berwick hammered the ball into the top corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance. He took another free-kick even further out in the 30th minute and hit the post.
The Black Horse came close in the 40th minute when Oliver Hartnack had a good run down the right wing. After beating two players he hammered the ball but only found the side netting.
In the last minute of the half The Bell’s Jim Farrow saw his close range effort comfortably saved.
The second half got underway with the Black Horse conceding a penalty within the first minute. Luke Pritchard stepped up to the mark and calmly smashed the ball home to make it 2-1. The Bell struck again in the 58th minute, after a super run down the left flank and a cracking cross, the ball found Jim Farrow with room on the edge of the penalty-box and he hammered the ball into the roof net to make it 3-1. The Bell where getting the upper-hand and a stroke of good fortune in the 64th minute led to number four. Tom Berwick hit a shot that would certainly have gone wide but it hit a defender which sent the ball into the net with the keeper stranded.
They then made it 5-1 after Oliver Chater put in a close range effort in the 75th minute.
The Black Horse tried to come back and pulled a goal back in the 80th minute when Paul Barker converted his solo effort to make it 5-2. Edrima Jallow then saw his effort go over the bar and two minutes later a header was cleared off the line. There were no more goals and the scored finished at 5-2.
The Bell were just too strong for a very spirited Black Horse who gave it their all.
The Bell – Lee Mace, Joe Taplin, Atal Hinds, Jim Farrow, Frankie Anderson, Lee Gaultry, Luke Pritchard, Darren Billiness, Tom Berwick, Danny Riddell, Oliver Chater, Brad Simpson, Leigh Salisbury, Richard Twinning, Liam Collinson.
Black Horse – Dale Hughes, Jack Osborne, Sam Edmonds, Ed Green, Danny Hartwell, Matus Baca, Ashrap Bakawala, Paul Barker, James Sweeney, Oliver Hartnack, Edrima Jallow, Stephen Bennett, Kieran O’Reilly, Lewis Osborne, James Osborne.
Trophies were presented by Zoe Ashton, Rugby Advertiser Sports Editor.
The Hospital Cup Final was an all first division affair between Lawford and Yelvertoft, two teams who had not qualified for this final for over 15 years.
It was a game of the youth of the Lawford team against the experienced players of Yelvertoft, some of whom had played at VS in the past.
It was Lawford who started the better and they created some real early chances. The best was a Krzysztof Zarycki effort that hit the woodwork in the 7th minute.
Yelvertoft edged their way into the game but were unable to stop Daniel O’Toole beating two defenders and then rounding the keeper to fire home to put Lawford ahead in the 20th minute.
Five minutes later and Toft’s David Rawes saw his effort sail over the bar. There were some half chances for both teams before Toft’s Barnes Gladman was put through and he hammered the ball past the oncoming keeper to make it all square in the 34th minute.
Two minutes later and Lawford resumed their lead when O’Toole fired home from close range after Toft failed to clear.
On the stroke of half time Yelvertoft won a corner, which resulted in a major goalmouth scramble in which they should have scored but Lawford held on to go in 2-1 up at the break.
The second half saw little in the way of good chances as both teams cancelled each other out. There were only two really good chances, the first was an Alex Platt shot that the Toft keeper got down to really well and the other came in the last minute of the game when Toft won a corner and from a header they saw the ball cleared of the line.
It was Lawford’s first Hospital Cup win and The Bell’s first Advertiser Cup win. Well done to all the teams and especially to the officials who gave up their time for free.
Trophies were presented by League chairman Len Berry.
Long Lawford – Dan Mallinson, Carl Peake, Thomas Curley, Shaun Ashby, Sean Castleton, Matt Izzard, Daniel O’Toole, Dean Chidlow, Scott Macdonald, James Smith, Krzystof Zarycki, Kenny Earley, Liam Boyer, Daniel Dandridge, Alex Platt.
Yelvertoft – Phil Moss, James Burnett, Rob Elliott, Jon Davies, Lee Golding, Burnes Gladman, David Rawes, Ronnie Brannon, Darren Towers, Chris Slaughter, Luke Jones, Dan Jarvis, Nathan Shaw, Luke Williams and Joe Golding.
The AGM is on Tuesday, June 11 at 8.15pm. I will hopefully have news of a six-a-side competition being staged at Butlin Road in late June. Stuart Taylor.