FOOTBALL: Advertiser and Hospital Cup finals

Lawford with their league and Advertiser trophies
Lawford with their league and Advertiser trophies

Celebrations for Lawford and The Bell

JK Timber - Rugby & District Sunday Football League

The Bell, Hospital Cup champions

The Bell, Hospital Cup champions

In the Rugby Advertiser Cup final league champions Lawford were looking for a second trophy to add to the cabinet while Hillmorton were looking to do a giant killing act, writes Stuart Taylor.

Hillmorton started sprightly enough but then went an early goal down. In the sixth minute Lawford won a free-kick 20 yards out which Jake Chater drilled low and hard.

Connor Shaw in the Hillmorton goal could only palm the ball into the path of an on-running Dildale Linton, who had the simplest of tap-ins to put the champions 1-0 up. Hillmorton did their best to rally but found it tough. That tough they didn’t have a shot at goal in the first-half.

In the 27th minute a cross into the Hillmorton penalty box was hammered home by Daniel O’Toole and two minutes later it was 3-0 when the league’s top goal-scorer Jimmy Smith headed home for his 35th goal of the season. With two minutes to the break Carl Peake converted a corner from close range to make it 4-0.

It should have been five when Linton was clear through with just the keeper to beat but Shaw in goal pulled off a save for 4-0 at the break.

Five minutes into the second period Halim Halim found space in the penalty box to hammer in no 5. Credit to this young Hillmorton side they never gave up and challenged for everything.

The closest they came to scoring was from the only two corners they won in the second half . Lawford made it 6-0 when Jake Chater lobbed the keeper and it soon became 7-0 when substitute Kristof Zarcyski slotted home and Lawford had their second trophy of the season. Well done both teams.

Lawford: Daniel Mallison, Matty Izzard, Carl Peake, Rob Crinigan, Sean Castleton, Richard Scott, Daniel O’Toole, James Smith, Halim Halim, Jake Chater, Dildale Linton, Curtis Tailby, Kristof Zarcyski, Stuart Mitchell, Daniel Dandridge.

Hillmorton: Connor Shaw, Tom Mitchell, Eddy Pinks, Ryan Kelly, Ryan Parkin, Matty Downes, Luke Beaumont, Adam Hartwell, Connor Pitham, Ryan Buckley, Addie Thomas, Barry Grout, Sam Rimmer, Dale Cooper, Steve Hunt.

The final of the Hospital Open Cup looked like a classic on paper between the second and third placed teams in the league. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations with very little in the way of chances being created by the Bell or CRC. In the first half both teams had one clear chance but both efforts were wide of the mark.

With 60 minutes on the clock the Bell won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty-box. The ball was floated in. The keeper missed it and no one headed it away. But it did drop at the feet of Joel Young who had a two-yard tap-in to put the Bell ahead. It looked like the game would really get going now but it didn’t, with the midfield and defences cancelling each other out.

There were no more real chances and the game fizzled out and remained at 1-0. Both teams have played much better this season but it just didn’t happen in the final. But well done both clubs, who played in the spirit of the game with no bookings.

Bell: Lubos Sabol, Joe Taplin, Atal Hinds, Rob Pearce, Ross Irvine, Liam Charlton, Josh Banton, Joel Young, James Farrow, Carl Lawes, Lee Vince, Frankie Anderson, Lee Gautrey, Daniel Carter, Marciz Schulz, Lee Perkins.

CRC: David Hazel, Kane Finney, Curis Dickens, Marcel Noel, Wilfred Barclay, Richard Simpkins, Kyle Dawes, Matty Coburn,Aaron Dawes, Daniel Nelson, Paul Hughes, Neil Cook, Peter Cleaver, Pugh, James Taylor, Mark Taylor