Crewkerne Rangers Reserves 1 Forton Rangers Reserves 6
Reg Eglon Cup Final (at Misterton)
Last night’s Reg Eglon cup final went with form as Forton Rangers Reserves, who finished fourth in the Pery Street League, defeated Crewkerne Rangers Reserves who enjoyed a good season in finishing third in Division Three.
But the first half at Misterton FC’s Unity Lane Ground was certainly evenly contested. After a cagey start, striker Jack Alford nodded home an Eddie James corner to put Forton in front. And James was the provider soon after when his free kick was this time headed home by Mike Buckley on the half hour.
Crewkerne had a great chance to get back into the game at 2-1 when referee Richard White spotted a handball in the area by Forton defender Conor Fielder, but Ian Bambury’s spot kick was saved by keeper Adam Smith and from the resulting melee the ball was punted up field to Alford who outpaced the Crewkerne defence to make it 3-0 at half time.
A change in formation saw Crewkerne throw extra bodies forward after the interval and this paid off when a corner was only cleared to the edge of the area where the lurking Steve Bryant lashed it into the bottom corner. They thought they had a second only to have the effort ruled out for offside after referee White had consulted with his linesman.
And this provided to be decisive as Forton, and in particular top scorer Alford, pounced with a quickfire triple to bring his personal tally to five and kill off the Crewkerne challenge and consign them to a third successive Eglon final defeat.
With Man-of-the-match Alford moving up to 26 goals for the season, Forton spokesman Smith also had a word for some of his other team mates: “There were some great individual performances from Mike Buckley, Steve Baker jr, Jake Hannis and Joe Hall playing out of position at centre back while 16-year-old Will Hall showed his potential with a fine cameo on the left wing.
Disappointed Crewkerne boss Scott Isaacs said: “Shame really. If we had scored the penalty it would have been 2-1 and game on, or if our goal had stood 3-2, and again game on, but we just gave up when the fourth went in.”