A fiercely contested last game of the season saw us finish the 2017/18 campaign with a Trophy, our 3-2 win over Spelthorne Sports meant that we won the MIddlesex Charity Cup for the second time in three seasons.
The final was held on Bedfont Sports 3G pitch so a scorching hot day was the last thing either side wanted, but the conditions didn’t prevent the teams providing an exciting game played a very high tempo.
After a frantic opening Levi King opened the scoring in our favour, and what a goal it was. Finding himself in space 5 yards outside the penalty area, Levi turned and fired an unstoppable shot into the top left hand bin. Typical Levi goal. Brilliant.
The goal settled us down and we began to knock the ball around, but the Spelly boys worked very hard to ensure that we didn’t add to our lead before half time.
The half time team talk certainly fired up Spelthorne as they came out an equalised within a minute of the restart. A swift attack lead to a corner that a Spelly player managed to head home despite a crowded penalty box.
The goal shook us and for the next 15 minutes it was Terry Buss against the opposition forwards. Luckily for us Terry has got himself back into good shape and he was well up to the task, making 3 or 4 great saves as well as being very commanding when taking the ball from crosses.
Once we weathered the storm the game settled into a pattern where the teams started to trade attacks. In the 78th minute we won a corner which was eventually finished by a cute little flick from Cyril Ocansey. Cyril showed great form towards the end of the season, scoring a lot of goals but none more important than this one.
With our noses in front again we decided to sit back and play on the break. With a minute to go, Lovers intercepted a ball in midfield and played a great ball through the Spelly defence. Levi got their first, held off a defender, and finished, as he does, with a cheeky chip over the keeper. 3-1, minute to go.
Spelthorne however hadn’t given up all day and they weren’t going to start now. Deep into injury time they won a corner which was headed home by their goalkeeper to set up a nervy end to the game. Fortunately for us there was no time for the restart. The refs whistle sparking great scenes of delight.
All in all a very good game. A number of good performances from our boys but it was Levi that the County gave the man of the match award too. I thought that could have easily gone to Lovers or Jermaine as well. Nice that the boys won something for their efforts this season. We had a very dodgy spell for a couple of months early in the New Year but credit to the boys knuckling down and finding the form to win 9 of their last 10 games. Let’s hope that form and desire continues at the start of the forthcoming season.