Joy and despair on finals weekend

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Friday 4th June 2021 9:19 am
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Mushet and Coalway with the JO Roberts Cup

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THERE were celebrations for Mitcheldean Reserves, Longhope and Mushet and Coalway United in a feast of Forest football.

The clubs won the FJ Pope Cup, the Geo Sandoe Cup and the JO Roberts respectively.

Facing the heartache of final defeat were Lydney Town A, Ellwood and Viney St Swithins.

There was drama at English Bicknor on Bank Holiday Monday where Mushet’s top goalscorer, Curtis Whatley, was on target deep into time added on.

He beat the Viney Hill defence to score in the 94th minute to win a game that had been looking set to be decided on penalties.

Longhope went into the break two goals to the good thanks to scores from Steve Clark and William Bray in the final of the Geo Sandoe Cup at Harrow Hill on Sunday (May 30).

But an early goal from the penalty spot by Josh Sladen brought Ellwood back into the game and it could have gone either way as both sides carved out more chances.

There was also scare for Mitcheldean Reserves in the FJ Pope Cup at Broadwell on Saturday as Lydney Town A reduced the arrears to a single goal with more than 15 minutes to go.

Mitcheldean skipper Damon Beaumont put them in front and Martin Turner added a second with a goal from Lydney’s Theo Parkhouse.

Town had a chance to equal things through Reggie Bynon but it was 2-1 at the break.

Beaumont’s brother Adam scored what appeared to be Mitcheldean’s decisive goal after taking advantage of a defensive mix-up.

A Joe Hale goal made for a nerve-jangling run-in for Mitcheldean but they held on for the win.

The three trophies form the North Gloucestershire League’s Hospital Cup competition and took on extra significance because of the disruption caused to the normal season.

League secretary Allan Hale said: “It’s been a great weekend of football and congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the losers.

“We would like to thank the teams and fans who supported the competition, the officials and the clubs who have hosted the finals.”

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