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5th May 2017

U18 League Cup Final Report

Wickwar U18 2 – 1 Lawrence Weston

Wickwar entered the final following wins against County Cup finalists Warmley Rangers and North Division champions Fry Club, but suffered a slow start in which neither team managed to stamp their mark on the match.

Around the 30 minute mark Wickwar began to take control, centre halves Tom Isaac and stand out Matt Bradridge-Jackson, together with holding midfielder Dave Holt blocking Lawrence Weston’s attacks though the centre and full backs Lucas Lingham and Adam King allowing nothing through the channels. Wickwar created a few good chances before half time, but were unable to convert. For the best part it was one-way traffic in the second half, with both Luke Messer and Jake Templeton coming close in the first 15 after the restart. It took 60 minutes for Wickwar to find the breakthrough: Matt Jenkins controlling the ball 40 yards out of goal, running through the Lawrence Weston defence and sliding it under the keeper with a delicate left foot finish. Despite now having a one goal advantage to sit back on, Wickwar instead pressed for a second and were duly rewarded with 10 minutes left on the clock: Zach Drew’s knock down finding Jenkins, who – from just inside his own half – lobbed the ball over Lawrence Weston’s defence for box-to-box midfielder Ellis Cox to latch on to it and guide it into the net. Lawrence Weston managed a consolation goal with their only clear cut chance of the second half, eventually finding a way past Wickwar keeper Davis Newcombe. Wickwar were unlucky not to have restored their two goal lead immediately after conceding: Jake McNally sending Harry Thompson down the left wing for him to locate Rob Williams with a well placed pass, who was then unable to convert. Final score, a deserved 2-1 triumph for Wickwar.