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Su­per­sub Stock hits late strike to clinch dou­ble for North West Neas­den


A last-gasp strike from su­per­sub Matt Stock helped North West Neas­den A com­plete the league and cup dou­ble as they came from a goal down to beat 2007 league cham­pi­ons Hen­don United A at Win­gate & Finch­ley on Sun­day.

The Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy fi­nal was far from the pre­dicted clas­sic and the man­ner of Neas­den’s vic­tory was any­thing but a work of art.

Sec­ond best for large parts of the match, they re­lied on what man­ager Jamie Cole de­scribed as “in­cred­i­ble char­ac­ter, spirit and hard work” to break down a re­silient Hen­don team in a bat­tle that went to the wire.

Cap­tain Lee Cash said: “This was such a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for ev­ery­one in­volved at Neas­den. We’ve worked so hard for this and to fi­nally win the dou­ble was just an amaz­ing feel­ing.”

Hav­ing beaten the Ham­mers home and away in the league, Neas­den went into the game with a psy­cho­log­i­cal edge but it was clear that the reds had done their home­work as they edged the con­test for the first hour. Neas­den started the match with re­serve keeper, Andrew Em­den, af­ter David Fox was forced to pull out with a strained ab­dom­i­nal mus­cle.

Em­den, whose ap­pear­ances had be­come lim­ited af­ter fa­ther­hood and the in­spired form of Fox, rolled back the years with an as­sured per­for­mance that proved he had lost none of the re­flexes that had helped the team win the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion crown in 2002.

Hav­ing shown their met­tle with hard-fought vic­to­ries against North West Neas­den B, Manch­ester Mac­cabi 1st and Leeds Mac­cabi on their way to the fi­nal, Neas­den found them­selves un­able to live with Hen­don’s early en­deav­ours as old boy Greg Corin led

Mis­sion ac­com­plished: Neas­den proved to be the most con­sis­tent team in the league and the best na­tion­wide

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