City de­nied in fi­nal clash

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Alex Smith

Rock­ing­ham City hosted For­rest­field United in a first ver­sus sec­ond clash for the sea­son-de­cid­ing fi­nal game of the year.

For­rest­field took a one-point lead into the game but were not go­ing to sit back.

Played be­fore a crowd of nearly 800 at Lark Hill, the game did not take long to get into the ac­tion.

Paul Larvin chal­lenged the For­rest­field keeper in the first minute only to come off sec­ond best, but sent the mes­sage that Rock­ing­ham were up for the game.

For­rest­field were given a chance from a de­fen­sive mis­take and Jor­dan Hart took ad­van­tage to round Cyril Shar­rock and take a 1-0 lead in­side the first 15 min­utes.

They al­most dou­bled their lead, but a su­perb save from Shar­rock kept it at one.

Rock­ing­ham then dic­tated play, but the For­rest­field de­fence were strong to deny any op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Alex Grayson had a shot saved and Roy Hissey hit the post just be­fore half time.

Rock­ing­ham knew they needed two goals for the league win and started brightly when Ryan Haslett used his pace down the wing for his cross to be saved.

Chances be­came fewer as the game wore on, with Chris­tian Hogge and Hissey de­nied.

In the 55th minute, Shar­rock was sent off for a foul judged to be wor­thy of a red card, and Rock­ing­ham had a big hill to climb.

Even with 10 men, Rock­ing­ham still had the ball but were un­able to find the net. For­rest­field held on to take the State League di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle, mak­ing Rock­ing­ham run­ner­sup for two years in a row.

The re­sult means Rock­ing­ham will host Mor­ley Wind­mills on Tues­day at 7.30pm at Lark Hill for a two-leg play-off to gain pro­mo­tion to di­vi­sion 1.

Rock­ing­ham re­serves went down to early goals with a 4-1 score­line. The un­der-18s were also in the hunt for the league ti­tle and were spoiled 3-1 in the ear­lier game.

Pic­ture: Michael Parr

Rock­ing­ham’s Alex Greyson, right, had a shot saved just be­fore half time.

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