West End Terriers crowned their promising first season together with victory in the final of the Wakefield Sunday League’s Championship One Cup final.
Up against Crown Scissett, they triumphed 2-1 in a well contested match in which both sides were determined to lift the silverware.
From the kick-off to the final whistle the match was full of quality football and packed with drama, frustration and sheer commitment all round.
Terriers players Mathew Hunt, Gary Choppin and Martin Pegg were outstanding in countering Crown Scissett’s enthusiasm on the pitch throughout.
Goalless at half-time, the Terriers manager Jamie Buchanan made subtle tactical changes for the restart and this sparked his squad into another gear. They ramped up the pressure on the Crown and on the 65th minute, the unmarked Gary Choppin delivered the goods when he connected from a well taken corner kick to put the Terriers ahead.
Crown were devastated, but bounced back well within the space of 10 minutes to equalise and make for a tense finish.
Captain Dave North then exerted his men to push on again and they came up with a winner in the 83rd minute when Dale Harrop showed a master class in goal scoring as he single handedly ripped through the Crown defence before crashing the ball into the back of the net.
Terriers held on to their lead for the remainder and deserved their win on their second half performance.
Andrew Bradbury Vehicle Body Repairs MOM was Nathan Harrop, while the Cup & Shields (Castleford) MOM was officially won by Nathan Harrop as well and he received his award from league official Mick Rose.