Oving & District Villages Cup
2 November, 2015 17:11



Stewkley 0

Grendon Rangers 1

Grendon Rangers secured their first Oving Villages Cup trophy with a 1-0 victory over Stewkley, in front of one of the biggest crowds for a number of years, the goal coming from Shaun Alderman five minutes before half time. The game started slowly with the first chance falling to Grendon Rangers when Baker was foiled by Willis in the Stewkley goal, Willis was hurt in the process but soon recovered. After fifteen minutes Stewkley created their first chance when Dunn cut in to the box from the left and saw his shot well saved by Skilling in the Grendon goal, then almost immediately afterwards Sharp from Stewkley found himself clear on the edge of the Grendon area but he chipped the ball over the goal when he had more time. The rest of the half saw an even game with neither side creating any clear changes until five minutes before half time, a Grendon cross was headed clear by Stewkley but only to Shaun Alderman just inside the box who volleyed the ball in to the far corner of the net giving Willis no chance.

Stewkley started the second half strongly and almost drew level when Dunn broke down the left and chipped the ball over Skilling in the Grendon goal over for the ball to come back off the crossbar to be cleared by Grendon. Stewkley continued to have the upper hand but were not turning their domination into clear cut chances. In a rare attack Grendon forced a corner, which was flicked on at the near post but no one anticipated this and the ball was cleared. With time running out Stewkley had a long range shot which grazed the top of the crossbar after a finger tip save from Skilling. From the resulting corner Willis in the Stewkley goal came up to add his presence and was nearly caught out. The corner was poor and easily cleared by Grendon who pumped the ball towards the empty goal but the ball was just too quick for the Grendon forward, Hankers, who couldn’t catch the ball before it ran out for a goal kick. Grendon Rangers then saw out the clock to secure their victory. Oving Village Cup Vice Chairman, Jim Styles, presented Grendon Rangers with the trophy. Thanks to the officials, Kevin Dunnings, Kevin Saw and Luke Scott who made sure nothing got out of hand.

Lastly, a word of thanks to the Oving Village Cup committee and all the supporters, who once again turned out on Easter Monday to support the competition.

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