"Redborne Upper School, champions of the North Bedfordshire League, looked nervous during the initial stages of this Final. Wayward shots and crunching tackles from both sides marred the opening 10 minutes. During the regular season star man Will Scutt has been to Redborne what Neymar is to Brazil; his cutting runs and trickery were not at their usual high level this game however, some suspect a slight hamstring injury was the culprit. Redborne need not have worried though, Matt Jones and Andy Kelly both stepped up to fill the void left by Scutt's anonymity. Soon the cogs of the well drilled Redborne footballing machine, directed as ever by Centre Back Peter Kouwenberg, began to rev into motion. Two quick fire goals from striker Trapp took the opposition by surprise. This sudden lead seemed to spark star man Scutt back to life, he turned his man and fired in for Redborne's third.
A moment of pure magic was to follow next; Paul Nockels, making a blistering run from midfield, hammered the ball first time, it soared past the keeper who found himself rooted to the spot, and smashed off one post, then the other, before nestling in the net. The game was all but over.
To add insult to injury, the half was brought to a close by a fifth goal for Redborne, courtesy of captain Henry Cross. This was Henry's 19th shot of the game, and was the first and only one to hit the target! The opposition keeper drooped in despair, the sight of Cross celebrating a goal after so much poor shooting signalled both the end of the half and the end of this game as any sort of contest.
The second half started with a flurry: Matt Jones flung himself at a low cross, almost adding his name to the score sheet, Nick Atkins blasted over from close range, Ash Crowther put in another bone crunching tackle. In the second half Trapp added another two goals to his tally, taking his total to four, whilst the opposition managed a late consolation. As the game wound slowly to its conclusion there was still just enough time for Cross to slice one last shot towards the corner flag. 7-1 the final score."
Match Report written by,
Mr B Scott
Redborne Upper School