Excellent semis set up Advertiser and Hospital Cup finals day on May 4
The Hospital Cup semi-finals produced two very good games. In the first, The Bell faced AFC Casey’s from Daventry in what proved to be a very close affair.
From the off neither side dominated the game and it was short of really good chances early on. Both teams could have done better with the half chances they did create. Casey’s had a real opportunity in the 20th minute but from ten yards out the shot was skied over the bar. Just two minutes from the break the Bell put together a very good passing movement that gave Dave Brough the chance to find the net from six yards putting the Bell 1–0 up. With just eight minutes played of the second half Josh Banton hit a screamer of a shot that gave the keeper no chance and the Bell went ahead 2–0. Casey’s then pulled a goal back from the penalty-spot when Stuart Clarke fired home. Ten minutes later a terrible back-pass by the Bell gifted Matty Farrell the chance and he levelled the game at 2–2. The game was in the latter minutes when a cross from the right gave Liam Charlton a simple tap-in to put the Bell ahead again. You may have thought that was it, but it took Casey’s less than a minute to make it 3-3 when Josh Hyam’s edge of the box effort found the roof of the net. All square at the finish and they went to penalties which The Bell won 4–2. Not a good way to lose this one but well done both teams.
In the other semi, CRC and Yelvertoft were level until the 34th minute when a lob over the Toft defence beat the off-side trap and put Kylie Dawes through. He rounded the keeper to slot home and put CRC ahead. With two minutes to the break CRC won a throw-in which was put into the six-yard box for Aaron Dawes to head home to make it 2–0 as they went into the break. Within a couple of minutes of the restart Toft won a corner and a chance to pull one back was missed from a yard out.
CRC raced up the field and bagged a third when Aaron Dawes nabbed a second. Toft never gave up the ghost and were rewarded when Dan Jarvis saw his 25-yard strike hit the back of the net. Toft created one or two more chances but just couldn’t find that finish and CRC go through 3–1 winners.
In the Advertiser Cup unfortunately I am short of reports but, Lawford romped to a 4–0 victory over Woodlands. Dildale Linton grabbed a hat-trick and Rob Crinigan got a single.
In the other game Hillmorton produced a mini shock by beating division two rivals Dunchurch 2–0. Addie Thomas and Connor Shaw got the goals. Dunchurch clearly had their eyes set on the division championship game coming up on Sunday against Prince of Wales, who were a point behind with a game in hand. As it was the Prince were playing Casey’s Res in a league game on Sunday and lost it 3–0. So whilst Dunchurch lost a place in the cup final they also won the division two title thanks to Casey’s Res win.
In another second division game The Webb and Red Lion drew 3–3. The last of any league games will be played next Sunday and the Cup Finals on Sunday, May 4. The Advertiser final between Lawford and Hillmorton kicks off at 11am and the Hospital final between The Bell and CRC kicks off at 2pm. Both are being played at Rugby Town Ground, Butlin Road. A charge of £1.50 for over 15s will be made on entry, with all the proceeds going to charity.
Any new applications to enter the league next season should be in within the next two weeks. Enquiries should be made to Stuart Taylor 07805 127399.