STAFFORDSHIRE FA TB WILLIAMSON CUP FINAL
Cheslyn Hay SCC 2-0 Cheadle United
Thursday 28 March 2019
Silkmore Lane, Brocton FC
Our second final of the season and a quick return to the immaculate surface at Brocton’s Silkmore Lane Ground for the opening Sunday final, the TB Williamson Cup.
Cheslyn Hay started the game on the attack and almost took an early lead when a long cross into the box evaded almost everyone but was hooked off the line to avert the danger.
The opening exchanges were certainly not for the faint hearted, with plenty of robust challenges highlighting the commitment of both teams on the night.
Despite all the effort on show there were very few clear chances, although Cheadle’s goal led a charmed life midway through the half when a scramble in their box was eventually cleared and a shot from distance sailed over the bar.
Cheadle came close themselves shortly after with a couple of efforts striking the crossbar, but it was at the other end where the opening goal finally came.
Just five minutes before the break, a magnificent 25-yard strike from Dan Percox sailed over the outstretched arm of Andrew Booth to send the Red Army into raptures on the sidelines.
The pattern in the second half was similar to the first, with both sides battling for every ball in midfield without creating many clear scoring opportunities. Shots from distance at both ends failed to trouble the ‘keepers.
However, it was the dominant Ashley Bellingham who doubled Cheslyn Hay’s lead with a screamer from 30 yards out with Booth again helpless to keep it out. The lead was 2-0 with just over 20 minutes to play.
Straight from the kick-off, Cheadle almost pulled one back with an audacious shot straight from the re-start that bounced out off the upright and away to safety.
With Cheadle pushing forward for a way back into the game in the closing minutes, they were denied at consecutive set pieces by Bellingham who cleared from deep inside the Cheslyn Hay box on at least three occasions as time expired.
Congratulations to Cheslyn Hay, and their Fish Finger Mascot, on winning the TB Williamson Cup and credit to both teams for providing an entertaining cup final on a cool Staffordshire evening.