Four-midable Neas­den prove a cut above as dou­ble hopes im­prove

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

PRE­MIER Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons North West Neas­den A cruised into the fi­nal of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy af­ter putting Di­vi­sion Four ti­tle hope­fuls FC Team A to the sword at Bricket Wood.

Goals from Lee Cash, Ryan Sher, Danny Daggers and su­per­sub Matt Stock eased them home to set up a fi­nal clash against last sea­son’s league cham­pi­ons Hen­don United A.

Hav­ing set their stall out to de­fend­ers in two banks of four, the vis­i­tors, who were play­ing in the na­tional knock­out semi-fi­nal for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son, kept the score­line blank for 20 min­utes. How­ever, their solid foun­da­tions came un­done when an at­tempted clear­ance from keeper Marc Brahms hit Sher and fell on a plate for Cash to add the fin­ish­ing touch.

Neas­den dou­bled their ad­van­tage af­ter 31 min­utes. Cash’s cor­ner was met by the un­marked Sher who headed home.

There was no way back for Mitch Young’s troops who stuck to their task well but quite sim­ply caught Neas­den on a good day. Daggers made the tie safe on the stroke of half time af­ter round­ing Brahms and slot­ting home from an acute an­gle to make it 3-0.

Stock grabbed his cus­tom­ary goal just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle. Re­leased by Cash, he held off his marker to clip the ball over Brahms. Team fin­ished with 10 men af­ter Lau­rence Ju­dah col­lected a sec­ond book­ing.

Neas­den boss Jamie Cole said: “There was a big gulf be­tween the sides on the day and we ran out wor­thy win­ners.”

FCTeam­player-man­agerMitchYoung said: “Neas­den were and are too strong for us if we are not at full strength. We did our best and bat­tled hard.”

50-50: Neas­den sub Jake Got­tlieb (left) tus­sles with Mitch Lass­man

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