Hard­wick sweep the board

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

AGAINST strong odds Teesside Sun­day lea­guers Hard­wick FC com­pleted a clean sweep of hon­ours.

Not only did they win the Stock­ton & Dis­trict Sun­day League at a can­ter, man­ager Andy West­wood and his squad - a num­ber of whom are part of the North­ern League Sec­ond Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons, Stock­ton Town - cleaned up lo­cally win­ning the Alex West­wood Char­ity Shield (against Thorn­aby Vil­lage), Ian Gor­man Me­mo­rial Tro­phy (against Thorn­aby Othel­los), Durham County Sun­day Cup (against New­ton Ay­cliffe Lo­co­mo­tion) and, in spec­tac­u­lar fashion at Sh­effield United’s Bra­mall Lane, the coup de grace, the All Eng­land Sun­day Cup (3-1 on penal­ties against New Salamis).

Ini­tially it was the County Cup the Hard­wick lads wanted, the one lo­cal tro­phy miss­ing from the cabi­net, be­fore be­lief sunk in dur­ing that fab­u­lous run to All Eng­land glory.

“The County Cup has been rather heart­break­ing for us over the past few sea­sons,” ex­plained Andy West­wood.

“In fact, it sur­pris­ing when we’ve the statis­tic that all lo­cal sides win­ning the All Eng­land have lost to us the fol­low­ing in the County Cup, and there’s been some suc­cess­ful sides in re­cent years.

“The All Eng­land though, we’ve only been in it our­selves the past three sea­sons and reached the quar­ters a sea­son ago, los­ing to the pre­vi­ous sea­sons fi­nal­ists.

“It wasn’t un­til we reached the quar­ters again this time around that I be­lieved we could maybe go on and win it.”

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