Badgers hit six to retain Senior Cup

Lindon Meikle slots home his second goal.
Lindon Meikle slots home his second goal.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Notts Senior Cup Final

CARLTON TOWN 1

Curtis Shaw 18

EASTWOOD TOWN 6

Lindon Meikle 16, 63

David Haggerty 23

Lee Stevenson 53

Adie Hawes 76

Peter Knox 89

EASTWOOD rounded off something of a surreal season by emphatically disposing of Carlton Town and retaining the Notts Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

The match, played at Mansfield Town’s Field Mill, was entertaining enough in a chilly breeze, but the Badgers had too much fitness and power for Carlton who faded in the last half-hour.

It was the fifth time in six seasons Eastwood had won the county honour, and it was rarely in doubt.

That said, Carlton had a golden opening to take the lead in only the second minute when Steve Chaplin got free down the right and his cross was somehow put just wide from six yards out by Massiah McDonald.

The Badgers responded with Lee Stevenson twice going close with efforts from close and then long range, and the same player was denied by an offside flag on 11 minutes after heading home Michael Simpson’s free-kick.

But it wasn’t to be long before the Badgers scored a legitimate goal to give them the lead.

Simpson’s delightful ball over the top found Lindon Meikle running through the middle, and he held off the challenge of Ashley Kitchen to slot the ball past keeper Danny Marshall and into the corner of the net on 16 minutes.

The advantage was deserved but just when you might have thought Eastwood would then go on and make things more comfortable, Carlton levelled two minutes later.

Ryan Goward did well down the left and broke into the penalty area, and his pull back was delightfully struck home first time by Curtis Shaw from the edge of the 18 yard box.

Matt Rhead then saw a half volley from distance deflected just wide, but the Badgers were back in front on 23 minutes.

Adie Hawes’ trademark throw-in from the right was, for the third time in a month, met by defender David Haggerty who again volleyed home and Eastwood led once more.

Marshall then produced a fine tip over to deny Rhead who had got a head on Andy Todd’s cross, and the resultant corner saw Rhead again get a head to the ball but this time Josh Thornton was able to hook the ball off the goal line just in time.

Hawes headed over and Meikle firstly let fly from distance but saw his shot go wide, and then had an opening right on half-time but could only hook the ball wide under pressure after beating Marshall to a long ball.

Eastwood’s third came eight minutes into the second-half and it was a scrappy affair. A ball pumped into the box wasn’t dealt with and it eventually fell to Stevenson who slid home for 3-1.

And any lingering doubts were ended on 63 minutes and it was Meikle again on the scoresheet. This time he was fed well by Stevenson and although his first shot was parried by Marshall, Meikle was able to slot home the rebound.

Stevenson then saw three more efforts either saved or miss the target, but goal five was to follow when Simpson floated in another pinpoint corner and Hawes was unmarked to head home despite the efforts of a defender on the line.

And five soon became six when Todd fed substitute Peter Knox and he dinked the ball over Marshall in the final minute of the 90 to wrap things up.

Stevenson came very close to a seventh in added time but enough was enough and the final whistle signified that the trophy would return from whence it came.

Eastwood: 1 John Danby 2 Mat Bailey (Russell Cooke 83) 3 Chris Shaw 4 Michael Simpson (c) 5 David Haggerty 6 Adie Hawes 7 Jon D’Laryea (Anton Foster 83) 8 Lee Stevenson 9 Lindon Meikle 10 Matt Rhead (Peter Knox 83) 11 Andy Todd. Subs not used: Adam Muller, Paul Riley.

Best Badger: Lindon Meikle.