Doddington United 2 - 4 Godmanchester Rovers Reserves - Taylor’s champions lose cup final six-goal thriller
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Doddington United missed out on the double to end a successful season.
Four goals from four individual errors dampened what has been a fruitful campaign for Ashley Taylor’s side.
Godmanchester opened the scoring in the Percy Oldham Memorial Cup final from the first attack of the match. Goalkeeper Charlie Bradshaw was beaten at his far post by Carl Foreman after a perfectly timed run from a through-ball.
In the 15th minute, top scorer Craig Gillies added his 33rd goal in all competitions, his fourth in the tournament, when he converted from a Paul Rowell free-kick as his header bounced into the top corner to equalise.
After a period of sustained pressure from Martyn Ray’s team, including a disallowed goal, they got their reward as a pass across Doddington’s penalty area was coolly slotted home by Foreman on 31 minutes.
The Senior B champions were unable to play in their usual style, with Godmanchester looking the more likely to score, giving Taylor something to address at half-time.
Six minutes into the second period and Doddington remained on the back-foot as Godmanchester added a third with a low drive from midfielder Mike Hyem from 15 yards.
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Doddington’s misery was compounded on 63 minutes when Foreman sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Some pride was restored nine minutes later as second-half substitutes James Harness and Jermaine Watson linked up for the latter to drill a venomous effort into the bottom-left corner, their only real chance on goal after the break.
Both teams cancelled each other out - the Fenland team tried to launch a late revival, but it was not to be.
The ninth placed side in Kershaw Senior B had produced a dominant display against an under-par Doddington.
Speaking on the game and the season, Taylor said: “I thought Godmanchester were the better side. They had two lads from the first team playing. We were getting dominated, they played a diamond in midfield. I thought the occasion got to us a bit but we could have played better.
“It’s been a good season. The lads have been dedicated, we’ve had 16 lads that have played all year and obviously to get back-to-back promotions is a great achievement.
“Next season, we’ll be fine. There’s not a massive difference between Kershaw Senior A and B so the aim is to probably strengthen, but not too much.
“We’ve got a good group of lads and hopefully we keep improving.”
Doddington United: Charlie Bradshaw, Richard Parrish, Dean Saunders (sub Will Mason, 51’), Andy Moye, Tom Curson, Scott Goodger (sub Jermaine Watson, 57’), Paul Rowell, Lee Barnett (C) , Craig Gillies, Gary Smith (sub James Harness, 71’), Dave Turnbull.
Unused substitutes: Max Flintoft.
Ratings: Doddington United – Bradshaw (5), Parrish (5), Saunders (5), Moye (6), Curson (5), Goodger (6), Rowell (6). Barnett (6), Gillies (5), Smith (5), Turnbull (7). Subs: Mason (7), Watson (6), Harness (6).