|Date||2 April 2017|
|Opposition||CLIFTON ROBINSONS (SOMERSET CUP FINAL)|
|Venue||Sports Training Village (Sitec)|
|Result||W 4 - 3|
|Time played||Normal time|
Winners of the 2016-17 Somerset County Cup!
A great result for the Men's 'B' team after a frustrating season in the GoCre8 Championship.
The Clifton Robinsons 'A' team came to the Final as holders of the Cup and, having just won themselves promotion from the North Conference into the Championship for next season, were full of confidence.
That said so to were the Sabres and after a slow start from both teams, the tempo eventually started to increase and we found ourselves presented with a number of scoring opportunities from which Nick Middleton and Chris Wiseman both scored to put us 2-0 ahead at HT.
We continued to play with great flair and attacking intent into the second half as Robbos tried to force their way back into the game. This meant we found ourselves with more and more goal scoring opportunities on the breakway and soon were 4-0 ahead with a tap in from Nick Middleton following good approach work from Rob 'Turtle' Cuming and then a neat finish from Danny Smith.
We should have increased our lead still further with great opportunities for Rob, Nick and Tom Weston and, had we taken them, the game would have been all wrapped up. Then Robbos pulled a goal back midway through the 2nd half but all seemed under control. Robbos then got a 2nd and a controversial 3rd after our GK was blocked off by a Robbos forward but after consultation between the two umpires the goal stood. Suddenly from 4-0 to 4-3 and we were on the back foot.
Robbos threw everything they had to try and force a draw which would have resulted in penalty flicks to decide the winner. With less than 30 secs to go they forced a penalty corner from which GK Alex Witty dived full length to his right to deflect the drag flick over the baseline and then the whistle for full time blew! We very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but we deserved the win. Phew!
Congratulatons to Tom Dennis (captain), Tom Parsons (vice-captain), Alex Witty, MOTM Mike Gambles, Jon Hooker, Charlie Wallace, Reuben Poole, Matt Zander, Tom Weston, Alex Batstone, Andrew Church, Ben Voutt, Dan Smith, Nick Middleton, Chris Wiseman and Rob Cuming. A job well done.
Scorers: Nick Middleton (2), Chris Wiseman, Danny Smith.