Pub team’s heads are held high de­spite exit

Big­gest day in side’s short his­tory ends in 5-1 de­feat

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

THE big­gest day in the short his­tory of Queen’s Head FC may have ended in de­feat on Sun­day, but cer­tainly not in dis­grace.

The club was only formed three years ago by reg­u­lars at the Che­sham pub and after win­ning their first piece of sil­ver­ware last sea­son – lifting the Che­sham Sun­day League’s Ju­nior In­vi­ta­tional Cup – de­cided to en­ter the FA Sun­day Cup this year.

Founded in 1960 as a knock-out tour­na­ment for Sun­day League play­ers, the tour­na­ment brings to­gether the best Sun­day morn­ing play­ers from across the coun­try and Queen’s Head’s op­po­nents, AC Sports­man, were no ex­cep­tion.

The Bed­ford­shire-based side are cur­rently top of the North Home Coun­ties Sun­day Foot­ball League, hav­ing won all six of their games so far, com­ing off the back of last sea­son’s league and cup dou­ble.

Queen’s Head, by con­trast, sit mid-ta­ble in Di­vi­sion One of the Che­sham Sun­day League hav­ing won two, drawn two and lost two this sea­son, and the mis­match was re­flected in a 5-1 win for AC Sports­man.

It was not quite the out­come a Queen’s Head side, who had hired out Che­sham United’s ground at The Meadow for their big day, were hop­ing for, but ac­cord­ing to player Louie Shana­han, they did them­selves proud.

He said: “[AC Sports­man] were an un­be­liev­able side with semi-pro play­ers turn­ing out for them, whereas we are just a reg­u­lar pub team, so with that in mind we put up quite a good fight.

“De­spite the score­line, the Sports­man play­ers were say­ing they weren’t ex­pect­ing such a dif­fi­cult game.

“We were set up a few years back ago by one of the boys who used to work here, and from hum­ble begin­nings with just a few train­ing ses­sions we are re­ally grow­ing, with 50 to 60 play­ers hav­ing turned out for us, with 20 to 30 still with us.”

Sun­day’s game as a contest was over by half time, with AC Sports­man 3-0 up, and two more goals in the last few min­utes gave the score­line an un­fair slant, although Queen’s Head at least had an in­jury time con­so­la­tion from David Goss, who scored their win­ner in the Ju­nior In­vi­ta­tional Cup Fi­nal, to cel­e­brate.

Pho­tos by Clive Tagg www.buyapho­ NL201411176

GOOD EF­FORT: (Above) Queen’s Head FC’s Alex Jones ap­plauds his team’s ef­forts; (be­low) Peter Jobes and Daniel Ben­ning close down an AC Sports­man player

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