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Match Report: Senior Challenge Vase

George Lawrence
Leek C.S.O.B. were crowned the Staffordshire FA's Senior Challenge Vase Champions.


In the pre-match interviews, both managers were confident in their sides to bring the cup home. They’d both said they have prepared well and were ready for the game.

However, both teams had had a different run in to this final with Brereton Social having played 4 matches in the last 9 days. With their opponents Leek having an extra day of rest due to their game on the 1st April being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Despite this both mangers saw that it was be close both aiming for a 2-1 prediction.

At the start of the match it was set to be a good final, both side were showing great possession in and around the centre circle. With Brereton Social focusing on counter attacking football breaking at pace but Leek stayed strong and were able to counter those attacks and answer them with their own. But it was Leek who went in at the break at 1-0 after a ball from a free kick was played in and Leek’s number 11 Ellis. This was the only goal of the half.

The second half began and, not long after it did, a Leek player was brought down in the box and was awarded a penalty. Leek’s Bradley Wilson stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly slotted it home in the bottom left despite the keeper going the right way it just made it through, the score was 2-0 Leek.

But Brereton Social were by no means out of this fixture as their manager rolled the dice making many subs and their high press forced corners and freekicks in dangerous areas. But unfortunately, they couldn’t covert any of their chances.

Leek would again show why they were at this final with a blistering counter attack from a Brereton Social’s corner saw a 2 on 3 attack with Leek’s number 7 Blurton bringing the ball forward and slotting it home in the bottom left corner of the goal. 3-0 Leek and this was the final score but it can’t be denied, Brereton Social were fighting to get a goal back until the end.

Attendance: 297
Player of The Match: Jay Blurton