Lions claw their way back to take tro­phy

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CHAL­FONT Saints U12s Lions came from be­hind to pull off an up­set and win the Thames Val­ley Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment League Cup.

The Di­vi­sion Two side were up against Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons De­laford Colts so knew they would be in for a tough time – and so it proved when De­laford took the lead af­ter just five min­utes, be­fore hit­ting the post and hav­ing an­other shot cleared off the line by James Berry.

Chal­font equalised Nathan Mar­shall, but through when De­laford took the lead again just be­fore half time to go in 2-1 up at the break, it looked like there was only go­ing to be one win­ner.

The Lions had other ideas though and roared back within five min­utes of the second half when Kieran Reynolds con­verted from a cross to level mat­ters, be­fore Jude O’Con­nor put them in front for the first time shortly af­ter.

With around 10 min­utes to go, De­laford started throw­ing every­thing for­ward in search of an equaliser, but the Lions caught them on the break, with Archie Bow­ern firing in a shot which was saved, but Ol­lie Rooks gob­bled up the re­bound to make it 4-2.

All 14 boys in the squad played a part on the pitch, while man­ager Lee Bow­ern be­lieves it is the first time a Saints team has won this cup since the club was formed al­most 30 years ago.

The squad was Luca Silva, Keara Miller, Al­fie Thomp­son, An­dreas Bazi­gos, James Berry, Jake Frost, Zac Young, Archie Bow­ern, Jude O’Con­nor, Nathan Mar­shall, Liam Cini, Josh Big­ger­staff, Kieran Reynolds and Oliver Rooks.

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