Summers’ solitary strike for Lilywhites inflicts SSML Premier Division Cup heartbreak on Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 23:14 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 23:24 06 April 2016

A wounded Luke Robins takes on his man

A wounded Luke Robins takes on his man


Mark Summers’ second-half strike was enough to down Welwyn Garden City and hand Hoddesdon Town the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Cup at Biggleswade United’s Second Meadow tonight (Wednesday).

The 48th minute shot looked to be a comfortable near-post save for WGC keeper Joe Croft but his diving hand could not prevent the ball finding its way into the net.

On the balance of chances up to that point, the lead was perhaps deserved with the two best opportunities of the first half falling to Gavin Kelsey’s promotion-chasers.

Ed Taylor’s towering 35th-minute header had all but beaten Croft but he miraculously leapt to his left to brilliantly deny the defender.

On the stroke of half-time, Summers, and the rest of the crowd, thought he had finally broken the deadlock.

Fortunately for WGC, his lob over the onrushing Croft bounced twice towards the unguarded goal but crept agonisingly over.

Last season’s SSML Division One Cup winners may have survived that let-off but there was no stopping Summers’ 20-yarder that caught Croft cold.

Adam Fisher’s men wholeheartedly pressed for an equaliser from then on but despite a large chunk of possession in and around the Lilywhites’ area, two Dave Parkinson shots - one drawing a fine save from Lee Robinson and the other smashed wide from 15 yards - were the best they could muster.

Not the ending the Herns Lane side were hoping for but they still have another chance of silverware this season when they face fellow SSML Premier Division side Berkhamsted in the League Challenge Trophy final a fortnight tonight (April 20) at Harefield United’s Preston Park.

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