Marstons blast four to lift Cup

Burton Mail - - Sport -

MARSTONS lifted the Bur­ton & District Ju­nior Chal­lenge Cup af­ter rac­ing to a 4-0 lead in the fi­nal against Stapen­hill.

Dou­bles from David Sut­ton and Jon Car­pen­ter saw them in con­trol be­fore late goals from Chad Cauld­well and Cameron Sa­vory made the score­line more re­spectable.

Stapen­hill started well enough, with an Adam Wil­liams free kick caus­ing prob­lems in the box be­fore it was cleared.

Sut­ton and Lee Potts com­bined to give Tom Merry a chance for Marstons but his shot was blocked, then a vi­cious cross shot from Car­pen­ter was de­flected wide.

Marstons keeper Sam Merry made a ter­rific save to deny Sa­vory and, at the other end, Stapen­hill keeper Ash­ley Turn­bull tipped over a deep cross from Car­pen­ter.

Mo­ments later he also saved from Travis Lake.

It was still any­body’s game at this stage, as Stapen­hill hit back with Paul Hale head­ing a cor­ner wide and a wicked cross from Sa­vory just need­ing a touch.

Merry also beat out a close-range ef­fort from Cauld­well.

How­ever, Marstons broke through with the last ac­tion of the first half as Sut­ton chased down a long goal kick and lobbed the ad­vanc­ing Turn­bull.

How dif­fer­ent the re­sult might have been if Stapen­hill had not missed a penalty sec­onds af­ter the break.

Tom Merry brought down Cauld­well but Wil­liams missed from the spot and, within a few min­utes, it was 3-0 to Marston’s.

Car­pen­ter beat the off­side trap and fired a shot past Turn­bull af­ter 52 min­utes and, im­me­di­ately af­ter that, a long-range shot from Sut­ton dropped over Turn­bull’s head and into the net.

Stapen­hill kept go­ing, see­ing a cross bounce off the bar be­fore Merry beat out a shot from Sa­vory.

How­ever, it was 4-0 af­ter 71 min­utes, Car­pen­ter scor­ing at the third at­tempt af­ter Turn­bull made two fine re­ac­tion saves.

Fi­nally, Cauld­well went clear and found the bot­tom cor­ner to put Stapen­hill on the board and, in the last minute, Sa­vory chased a long ball and lobbed Merry to make it 4-2.

The game ended on a bad-tem­pered note, Marstons de­fender Craig New­bold be­ing sent off for a head­butt on Cauld­well.

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