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Town take the Cottered shield.

23rd Jun 2003

Buntingford's boys were victorious on Sunday after taking the Cottered 6-a-side shield with a golden goal in a thrilling final against Westmill.

Maurice Cook’s team went through to Sunday’s last 4 after Friday’s qualifier.

They looked invincible as they dumped The Bull out of the first semi and went on to face arch rivals Westmill in the final, who had beaten Cottered in the other semi.

The game was a tight tense affair and the first half remained goalless despite chances for both sides.

The heat saw all the players tire after the interval and consequently the game began to open up.

Town's player of the tournament, teenager Andy Davis, was outstanding in keeping Westmill's pacey Stuart Sapsford at bay and Jason Nash started to orchestrate procedings in the middle.

It was a central ball that opened the scoring as a long ball was latched onto by Steve Dare.

After missing earlier chances Dare kept his cool and slotted the ball under the advancing Gary Hunt with ten minutes of the game remaining.

The final few minutes saw both sides competitive in the challenge as neither was willing to give up in front of the large crowd.

A challenge by Scott Nash just outside his area caused uproar with the Town players as the referee gave a free kick and before Town could organise an effective wall the clever Sean Debman powered a shot just beyond the fingertips of Damien Williamson and into the roof of the Buntingford net.

Westmill were delighted as the last minute equaliser sent the game into extra time and both sides went in search of the golden goal.

Just five minutes later, as Westmill themselves disputed a free-kick three yards outside their area, a short touch to Scott Nash saw him hit a low fierce drive into the Westmill net for the winner.

Team: Williamson, Fulk, Davis, McPherson, J Nash, S Nash, Edge, Tyler, Dare.

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