Nailsea & Tickenham capture county cup

PUBLISHED: 17:46 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:46 22 May 2018

Alan Smith and Rich Lucas.

Alan Smith and Rich Lucas.

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Nailsea & Tickenham defeated league champions Chilcompton Sports to win the Somerset Senior Cup final.

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The Swags met league champions Chilcompton in the prestigious Somerset Senior Cup final knowing a tough game was expected.

Nailsea & Tickenham had secured an excellent third place finish in the Premier Division after a tough end of season fixture pile-up, although N&T were able to rest several key players against Nailsea United in the derby two days prior. Chilcompton were fresh after a 10-day break since their last fixture.

The game started with a high tempo from both sides as players looked to run off any cup final nerves. Jason Mellor could only watch a long cross clipped the top of his crossbar early on. Mellor was then forced into the first save of the match as he blocked a low Chilcompton effort.

The back three of Wallington, Cook and Freeman also had to be at their best to stop the lively Chilcompton strikers.

As the half-time whistle approached, the Swags had a glorious chance when a Dan Cook shot was parried by the Chilcompton keeper into the path of captain Chris Gale. Gale was under pressure and his follow up shot flew over the bar.

The second half was a great advert for Somerset football with both teams trying to find a way through. James Seeley and Joe Berry upfront for the Swags chased every ball, fought for every header and their quick movement caused Chilcompton problems.

The breakthrough came after an hour when Seeley turned his man found Dan Cook, who calmly found the back of the net to the delight of the N&T supporters.

With 10 minutes remaining Kye Mountford made it 2-0 after a good forward run left him in a great position to sidefoot past the keeper from the edge of the box to confirm N&T as Somerset Senior Cup winners for the second time in three seasons.

This was a brilliant achievement for manager Alan Smith and assistant Rich Lucas in their first season in charge.

Cup final squad: J Mellor, M Wallington, D Cook, G Freeman, S Pilgrim, J Adams, C Gale, A Latta, K Mountford, J Berry, J Seeley, M Shaughnessy, J Benjamin, M Pilgrim, B Cogan and J Collins.

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