FOOTBALL: Cup finals day for Sunday sides

Lawford league and Hospital Open Cup champions    PICTURES BY STUART TAYLOR

Lawford league and Hospital Open Cup champions PICTURES BY STUART TAYLOR

Lawford do the double, while Advertiser Cup goes to penalties

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Royal Oak, Hospital Open Cup runners-up

Royal Oak, Hospital Open Cup runners-up

A league and Hospital Open cup double for Lawford after their 2-0 win against the Royal Oak in their first visit to Rugby Town’s Butlin Road ground, writes Stuart Taylor.

The game started well enough for both teams but within 20 minutes Lawford were on top.

It took some good defending from the Royal Oak, who held out until the 41st minute when Daniel O’Toole ran down the left and put in a great cross which Jimmy Smith latched on to and headed home from close range. Three minutes later Lawford won a penalty which Dildale Linton hammered home for a 2-0 lead at the break.

In the second half the Oak did their best to get back into the game but Lawford were in control. Unfortunately the game didn’t quite live up to expectations and petered out in the last 20 minutes.

Athletico Belbao celebrate after winning the Advertiser Cup again

Athletico Belbao celebrate after winning the Advertiser Cup again

Lawford: Daniel Dandridge, Nick Baillie,Curt Tailby, Jim Farrow, Stuart Mitchell, Mitchel Boe, Daniel O’Toole, Sean Castleton,James Smith, Halim Halim, Dildale Linton, Lee Vince, Matty Hizzard, Liam Charlton, Rob Crinigan, Jake Chater.

Royal Oak: Jonny Richards, Karl Fraser,Ross Irvine, Gareth Ewing, Dean Fraser, James Henry, Lee Thomas, Josh Goodwin, Nick Matthews, Wez Klopper,Glen Ewing, Greg Linton, Wez McCullough, Ricky Cotterall, Alan Bloomfield (manager).

The Advertiser Cup was strongly contested and Athletico Belbao came close as early as the third minute when a header went just wide. The game was pretty even and both teams had early half chances. In the 14th minute Athletico won a corner. Harry Domini found himself unmarked and he headed home Luke Pritchard’s cross to put his side one up.

Jack Cannell from the Prince beat three defenders but saw his effort comfortably saved by Lee Mace in the Athletico goal. Two minutes later Craig Burrin was clear through the Prince defence and should have doubled Athletico’s tally but he put the ball just wide of the post.

Advertiser Cup runners-up Prince of Wales

Advertiser Cup runners-up Prince of Wales

With 40 minutes gone the Prince attacked down the right flank and Cannell put in a low hard cross in front of the goal-line. Harry Domini, who had scored earlier attempted to clear the ball, only to mis-kick and slice the ball into his own net and the scores where level. The game was beginning to hot up as they went into the break at 1-1.

The second half saw both teams come close to taking the lead and there was plenty of good football. However we had to wait until time added on for an exciting finale. Both teams were expecting the final whistle when a simple mix up in the Athletico half gifted the ball to Nick Tomes, who had all the time in the world to chip a lonely keeper to put the Prince 2-1 up.

Athletico restarted the game and immediately won a free-kick on the edge of the centre circle. All the Athletico players went up into the Prince penalty box. The ball was a cracker and it found the boot of Harry Domini, who pushed it back across goal for Dan Bevis to head home. It was the last touch of the game and the 2-2 draw meant a penalty shoot-out. Both teams missed their first ones but eventually Athletico Belbao won it 4-2 to pick the cup up for a second year. A really good entertaining final with a superb ending for all

Athletico Belbao: Lee Mace, Johnny McCauley, Kenny Early, Steven Woods,Dan Bevins, Paul Baxter, Alex Linnell, David Maggs, Luke Pritchard, Craig Burrin, Harry Domini, James O’Hanlon, Elliott Barlow, Ashlee Kirk, Liam Sherriff, Luke Lowe.

Prince of Wales: Rob Wilson, James Burke, Andy Gordon, Kyle Gibson, Rob Haynes, James Sexton, Luke Muldoon, Nic Tomes, Jack Cannell, Mike Thomas, Tom Hughes, Francis Cafearo, Dan Prescott, Cyrus Keynesad, Martin Fennon, David Wareman.

The presentation party was Len Berry (League Chairman), Kev Walters, Stuart Taylor (Competition Secretary) and Zoe Ashton (Rugby Advertiser).

On behalf of the league I would like to thank the staff at the club for their services on the day. See you again in 2017. Our league recommences on September 4 and the AGM is on June 14.

REFEREES’ COURSE

The league will be running a referees’ course from July 11th. The dates are as follows - Monday 11th 6.30pm to 9.30, Wednesday 13th 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Saturday 16th 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 17th 9.30am to 4.30pm. Anyone interested should contact Mr J Betts on 07788 973839 for more information.

OVER 35s LEAGUE

It is the league’s intention to run an Over 35s League during the 2016/17 season. We need at least six teams to get this underway and no one under 34 1/2yrs would be allowed to play in that league. Any clubs interested should contact Stuart for more details on 07805 127399.