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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