Rovers rally to lift cup
PUBLISHED: 17:15 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009
BRADMORE Rovers Reserves lifted the WHSFL Division Three Cup on Sunday after beating Hatfield Sports 2-1. Rovers were a goal behind at the break after a Sam Perrin penalty had put Sports ahead. But Bradmore rallied and levelled through Clayton Knight afte
BRADMORE Rovers Reserves lifted the WHSFL Division Three Cup on Sunday after beating Hatfield Sports 2-1.
Rovers were a goal behind at the break after a Sam Perrin penalty had put Sports ahead.
But Bradmore rallied and levelled through Clayton Knight after the break.
The winner came from Paul Bedford as the game looked destined for extra time.
Sports made the early running in the game and were rewarded for their efforts midway through the first half with a penalty for handball inside the box.
Perrin coolly dispatched the kick low to the keeper's right to give them a 1-0 lead, which is how it stayed till half-time.
An inspired rallying of the Bradmore players at the interval by player-manager Dan Wade and captain Leigh Bembrick seemed to bring the best out of Rovers, who started the second half very positively.
They were soon back on level terms after a clever flick on by Bembrick released midfield dynamo Paul Langbridge.
His shot deceived the Sports keeper and was followed in by Knight, who ensured it hit the back of the net.
Both sides went for the win and Bradmore were indebted to goalkeeper Paul Mott.
He brilliantly got down low to block a fierce drive to keep the scores level.
The winning goal arrived 10 minutes from time.
Striker Paul Bedford was released after good work down the right from Harlow and Bembrick, although Sports claimed the ball had gone out of play.
Bedford took the ball in his stride and slotted into the corner to complete the Rovers turnaround.
A nervy last few minutes saw Sports miss a couple of good opportunities to take the game into extra time.
They even clipped the crossbar from a shot outside the box, but it was Bradmore who were victorious after a competitive encounter.
Rovers boss Dan Wade was proud of all his players at the final whistle.
He pointed to a strong defensive display from his back five and untold work just in front of them from Paul Still, arguably the man of the match, as the cornerstone of the triumph.
Sports are still in with a shout for the Division Three title but must win the two league games they have left to play if they are to leapfrog current leaders Peartree Wanderers.
After the cup final defeat, Sports manager Paul Evans added: "We now have to pick ourselves up and concern ourselves with the two remaining league games, which will decide the winners of Division Three.
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