KNOWLER CUP WIN­NERS SOUTHLOCO COUNT ON EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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Southloco man­ager Bill English says it was a mag­i­cal feel­ing to see his vet­er­ans side lift the Knowler Knock­out Cup af­ter a sud­den-death penalty shootout win over Mis­fitts. Gary Holl­away con­verted the win­ning spot-kick af­ter the teams fin­ished level at 2-2. The team of Tony In­teri Snr, Ed­die Fitzgerald, Richard Cook, Colin Burnikell and Holl­away – with a com­bined age of 256 – have been play­ing to­gether for 30 years, win­ning more than 40 tro­phies. Bill, who cel­e­brates his 60th birth­day later this month, and only gave up play­ing him­self last year, said: “We haven’t won for a cou­ple of years so it was magic to win this time. I have 10 play­ers I can call on – and al­ways need four or five spares and our motto is win a few, lose a few, have a bit of a laugh and en­joy a drink af­ter.” Southloco beat McDon­ald’s 1-0 in the semi­fi­nals, while Mis­fitts got past Saints 3-1. Home­bull won the Mur­ton Knock­out Cup, beat­ing Re­jects 3-0. Home­bull started with a 2-0 win against Stour Cen­tre in the play-offs. They beat Ald­ing­ton 1-0 in the semi-fi­nals, while Re­jects were 3-1 win­ners against Ames. The league sea­son was due to re­sume last night (Wed­nes­day) af­ter a two-week break due to the Stour Cen­tre be­ing closed.

Southloco, from left: Tony In­teri se­nior, Ed­die Fitzgerald, Richard Cook, Colin Burnikell, Gary Holl­away cel­e­brate win­ning the Knowler Cup

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