TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL: Super sub Davies leads Boomsbury fightback (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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TROWBRIDGE & DISTRICT LEAGUE DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL: Super sub Davies leads Boomsbury fightback
9:40am Friday 4th May 2012 in Football
DIVISION Two champions Boomsbury clinched a league and cup double when they won the Division Two Cup at Warminster Town on Thursday evening.
With the constant rain of the previous few days showing little sign of abating, the match was in doubt up to eight hours before kick-off.
But much hard work and some good fortune ensure it went ahead in front of what was a sparse crowd at Warminster Street.
Those that were there witnessed a thriller that saw Boomsbury come from two down with eight minutes left to beat Calne Eagles 5-2 after extra time. The match was as good as any of the finals staged by the league in the last few years and for Boomsbury’s Carl Davies it will be one to remember.
His team looked out of it with time running out and his virtuoso performance single-handedly turned the game around and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Ben Howe’s men.
It left a Calne Eagles side who, for 82 minutes, matched or bettered their illustrious opponents in every department. As expected Boomsbury, who had already beaten Calne twice this season, started the stronger of the two teams and in the opening quarter had the largest share of the play.
It was during this spell that Scott Askew fashioned himself an opening, but after doing all the hard work he saw his effort well saved by keeper Andy Windsor.
Soon after it was Calne’s Adam Bewley turn to carve out an opening but he could only direct his shot into the grateful arms of keeper Luke Mayne.
Askew flashed another shot wide of the upright for Boomsbury as did Ali Bradley who really should have tested the keeper on 12 minutes after he was set clear by Mike Grieve but like Askew his effort was way off target.
John Baker was next to try his luck from distance for Boomsbury, Askew finding him with a delightful flick on but the forward's audacious volley from 25 yards drop over the bar.
At this stage Boomsbury were on top and could sense a goal, but Calne’s defence were on top form as they were able to keep the cup favourites at bay.
With 10 minutes remaining in the half Calne put together their best spell, Stuart Windsor and Sam Rogers testing keeper Mayne before the former broke clear of his marker Matt Jones, who was holding him back.
But after a good advantage from referee Steve Higgins he was able to get a shot off although his effort was wide of the upright.
The first half drew to a close with Boomsbury’s Grieve and Askew trying their luck from distance but neither were unable to give their team the goal that the first half efforts deserved.
The second half began with Boomsbury on the front foot. Ali Bradley could only watch as keeper Andy Windsor denied him the opener with a great save, the ball falling to Steve Jackson who saw his follow cleared to safety by Tom Evans.
Calne looked a more attack-minded side in the opening stages and a Bewley cross picked out the head of Stuart Windsor who in turn planted a headed into the hands of keeper Mayne.
On 55 minutes it was the turn of Bewley to miss with a header, the striker headed over from close range when he should have at least tested the keeper.
Two minutes later and the deadlock was broken. Keeper Mayne raced out of his area but he was beaten to the ball by Bewley who produced a fantastic strike from out near the touchline, curling the ball in from 30 yards out to give Calne Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Boomsbury then made their first change of the game and substitute Reuben Spong went close to making it one apiece but his header from an Ali Bradley cross was wide of the mark.
Calne doubled their advantage on 64 minutes, as another error by keeper Mayne on the edge of the area gifted the ball to Bewley.
With the keeper out of position he turned and fired the ball into the empty net from 20 yards out for another well-taken goal to make it 2-0.
Calne and Bewley missed out on a great chance to score a third on 68 minutes, as a brilliant cross in by Karl Sharratt just missed the oncoming Stuart Windsor and Bewley where a touch from either of them would have given them a 3-0 lead. Calne substitute Shaun Jefferies had the chance to be a hero with his first touch but his effort was straight at the keeper.
At the other end Carl Davies, who was on for captain Darren Jones, was starting to make things work for Boomsbury as manager Ben Howe had one last throw of the dice.
Playing two at the back it was all-out attack and after having had one effort scrambled of the line by keeper Windsor, Davies blasted another shot over the bar from 10 yards.
After some heroic defending, Calne had looked as if they had weathered the storm, but Boomsbury got themselves back in the game on 82 minutes.
A misjudgment by keeper Andy Windsor saw Pete Spong's 25 yard angled shot drop over his head and in to reduce the arrears to the odd goal. It was all Boomsbury now as they went in search of an equaliser, Steve Jackson went very close to trying the scores before Ali Bradley picked out substitute Reuben Spong on 86 minutes.
Spong took the game to extra time when he headed past a helpless Windsor who was unable to keep the ball out despite getting a hand on it. Extra time produced a thrilling climax to an excellent game, but once Boomsbury got their noses in front it was always going to be hard for Calne to get back in the game.
Roy Wenham’s side held out for 10 minutes as keeper Windsor saved well from Davies before he set up Steve Jackson who finished well to put Boomsbury 3-2 ahead. Calne worked the ball up the opposite end and they had a big appeal for a penalty turned down, but instead won a free kick on the edge of the area which was blasted over the bar.
From the goal kick the ball found Davies who was causing Calne no end of problems and another excellent pass saw him play in Reuben Spong whose shot cannoned off the post and across the face of goal.
The ball broke kindly to Oli Howe who from 35 yards out struck a wonder goal to make it 4-2 and all but end Calne’s cup dreams.
The second half of extra time saw Richard Bliha have what looked to be a perfectly good goal ruled out.
Bliha’s effort looked over the line before keeper Windsor clawed it out but the goal wasn’t given. There is no doubt that Davies provided the spark to Boomsbury’s revival and it was fitting that another mazy run from him led to his team’s fifth of the night.
After skipping past two defenders he laid the ball to Steve Jackson who knocked home his second of the game and with the clock running down Jackson should have completed his hat-trick but fired wide of the target when it looked easier to score.
Full credit must go to Calne Eagles, who were massive underdogs ahead of the game, but made Boomsbury work their success and at one staged looked as if they were on course to produce one of the biggest cup final upsets.
But in the end it was substitutions and one in particular that made the difference.
Davies, who last weekend was part on the London Marathon, came on and made the difference.
Winning Captain Darren Jones received the Division Two cup from League Assistant Referees Secretary Colin Kennerson and Boomsbury’s John Baker was given the player of the final award.
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