Football: Charfield win County Cup

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GFA Intermediate Cup Final

Charfield 3 Hardwicke Reserves 3 (Charfield won 4-2 on penalties)

CHARFIELD won their first silverware in 12 years when they beat a determined Hardwick Reserves in a pulsating game at Slimbridge, which was a credit to local football.

After suffering a double setback by conceding two well taken goals in the first 15 minutes, Charfield fought back and played some of their best football all season and got on level terms on the half hour.

The driving influence of player-manager Phil Miles and strength of Kerien Austin from the middle of the park were causing all kinds of difficulties for Hardwicke.

The first goal was from Adam Spiers when he smashed home after the ball ran loose in the penalty box at a corner, then Nick Bishop poked the ball into the net to score a deserved equaliser.

With the game being played at great pace and commitment from both teams, Hardwicke regained the lead on the hour after a fast break down the right flank. Within 10 minutes Charfield got themselves back in the game with a splendid goal from the right boot of Miles having been put through by Shaun Bath from an inch perfect pass.

As the game moved towards 90 minutes another rapid break from an energetic Charfield team saw Bath brought down in the penalty area, but the referee waved play on.

With penalties needed to decide the outcome, Charfield took the early advantage by scoring their first two with Hardwicke missing theirs.

Charfield scored the next and Hardwicke responded making it 3-1.

After a Charfield miss and a Hardwicke score, Shaun Bath stepped up to smash home a cup winning penalty.

Charfield: Luker, McAllister (capt), Lyon, Spiers, Glynn, Bath, P Miles, Austin, S Miles, Wood, Bishop. Subs K Spill, Davies, Bessell.

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