ICKLESHAM CASUALS 4 v SOVEREIGN SAINTS 0
Wisdens Sports Challenge Cup Final
The Pilot Field - Monday 9th April
A memorable evening at the Pilot Field on Monday, 9th April, one the club can be proud of and that will be recalled for a long time. An excellent performance by the 1st team to beat Sovereign Saints 4-0 to win the Wisdens Sports Challenge Cup.
In an evenly contested opening period both sides had half chances with Jack Davies and his opposite number in the Saints goal making saves. Icklesham took the lead on the half hour mark when Charlie Cornford's finish bobbled into the back of the net and Charlie doubled the lead four minutes later when he neatly lifted the ball past the advancing Saints keeper.
Sovereign Saints, who the previous Wednesday were victorious in the final of the Sussex Junior Cup, put the Casuals under pressure as half-time approached and a pivotal moment came in stoppage time when a cross was only half cleared and Jack Davies could only watch as a shot from the edge of the area came back off the foot of the post.
Icklesham took advantage of the escape in the early minutes of the second half when Charlie received a pass from Steffan Davies, beat two Sovereign Saints defenders before firing into the net to complete his hat-trick.
The deficit was almost reduced mid-way through the half when the ball narrowly failed to cross the line following a goalmouth scramble in the Casuals area but in the 74th minute Charlie put the result beyond doubt when his initial shot was saved before it fell to Steffan and then Charlie again who netted the rebound for his fourth of the match.
A deserved victory in a game that was played in an excellent spirit throughout with every player contributing to the win. Congratulations to Michael Rogers and his side on a brilliant night.
Ollie Beaumont lifted the trophy becoming the first Icklesham Casuals 1st team captain to do so in a final since Bob Baker raised the Eastbourne and Hastings League Division One Cup in 1987.
The winning team was Jack Davies, Mike Amar, Ollie Beaumont, Jack Pullin, Jack Swan, Val Newman, Jack Hobden, Kieran Dighton, Charlie Cornford, Adam Sully and Steffan Davies with used substitutes Phil Badrock, Asa Croucher and Solly Cooke and unused sub Bill Beaumont.
We must also remember the contribution made by Sean Baker, unavailable for the match, in helping the side make it to the final.
The club would like to thank the East Sussex Football League and Hastings United F C for organising and staging the final, all those who came along to support the team and sponsors Littlewoods Fencing and H R S Rail for their backing during the season.
If anyone has any photos from the final please let the club know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the 1957-58 season John Dunk scored 52 goals for the club. That record has stood until last night when Charlie Cornford's first goal broke the record. So appropriate that it was broken in a winning cup final.