Manton Club JFC eventually got their hands on some silverware, with a comfortable victory over a batling Shireoaks Sports team in the Benevolent Cup final.
The 4-1 victory brought the 2014/15 season to a conclusion for JFC, who were in the hunt for the Division One title and lost out in the Challenge Cup final.
The early stages of the game saw both defences on top with well timed tackles being the run of the play.
JFC’s Ben Cowens made a good sliding tackle on Shireoaks Luke Allison with Shireoaks skipper Nathan Clayton and defender James Cocker also putting their foot in when needed.
On 15 minutes the first real chance was created when JFC skipper Matthew Thompson saw his free-kick come back off the Shireoaks wall, the ball was put straight back into the box, finding Tom Mullen, whose effort was blazed over the bar.
Then at the other end Allison found himself through on goal and looked certain to score only for Nathan Griffiths to come from nowhere and produce the tackle of the game.
As the half continued JFC began to dominate, Kerry Watkinson’s cross found Mullen who in turn found Adrian White and he blazed over from 18 yards.
Griffiths then crossed only for Shireoaks keeper James Smith to tip over Steven Wankiewicz’s looping header.
Shireoaks defender Thomas James was keeping danger man Mullen quiet and it looked like half-time would see the scores level.
However in the 40th minute the deadlock was broken when an in-swinging corner unfortunately deflected in off Clayton’s head and Cocker failed to clear off the line as JFC went in one up at the break
The second period began as the first ended with JFC on the attack, Cocker denying Watkinson at the back post with another good tackle, while at the other end Leigh Warriner shot marginally wide with a good left footed strike.
JFC got a strong hold on the game when a Wankiewicz ball over the top put White in on goal and he made no mistake, putting JFC 2-0 up.
Daniel Tyack began a good passing move which saw Wankiewicz shoot over from 20 yards.
On the hour the JFC dominance paid off when the hardworking Mark Foster’s low cross was tapped in at the back post by White, who claimed his second and JFC’s third.
Tickner continued to work hard in the Shireoaks attack but found no way past a strong JFC defence of Cowens, Bownes, Griffiths and Tyack.
The result was no longer in doubt when Matthew Button got on the scoresheet after finding himself clean through on goal.
Wankeiwicz was on top form and dominated midfield, while Thompson found himself on the end of a few late tackles as the game edged toward the end.
However it was Shireoaks who ended the stronger team and Warriner netted the goal of the game in the 82nd minute when his 25-yard free-kick found the top corner to get the hard working Shireoaks team a deserved consolation.
Within minutes Warriner found himself taking a penalty when Ticker was fouled by Cowens, and to the surprise of many the JFC defender only saw yellow when it could easily have been a red.
However Warriner’s penalty went high over the bar leaving the final score at 4-1 to JFC.
Adrian White was named the Alan Thackery Memorial Man of the Match and was presented the award by Lee Thackery.
The league committee would like to express their thanks to the Manton Club groundsman for his hard work in driving rain to ensure the pitch was playable.
This weeks sees the curtain come down on another Sunday League campaign when holders Lokomotiv Millhouse play Langold Old Boys in the Invitation Cup Final at 11am at Manton Club.