Neil Horrocks Memorial Invitation Plate Final
Witham Nomads won todays Neil Horrocks Memorial Invitation Plate Final beating Onley Arms 1-0
After an introduction to our special guest Kevin Horrocks the game started with Witham Nomads settling down the quickest and having the best of the first 20 minutes with a couple of shots wide and a good save from Onley Arms goal keeper Mike Linstead who came out to dive at Witham Nomads strikers feet at the edge of the box. 25 minutes into the game Onley Arms striker ran on to a through ball and the shot was saved by Witham Nomads goal keeper Joseph Gibbons. Witham then attacked and headed the ball home but it was disallowed for offside. Witham Nomads continued to look the stronger side but it remained deadlocked as the half came to an end.
Half-time: Onley Arms 0 Witham Nomads 0
Onley Arms led the first chance of the second half which was saved by Gibbons in the Nomads goal. In the 52nd minute Witham Nomads nearly opened the scoring when a Matt Wilshere shot from 20 yards which looked goal bound but Linstead made a brilliant save and pushed the ball wide in the box then Nomads Sam Greenhalgh collected the ball with his back to goal looked to turn but was bought down by an Onley Arms defender and a penalty was awarded, Greenhalgh picked himself up and went up to the penalty spot and struck the ball in to the bottom left hand corner to give Nomads the lead. Witham Nomads continued to control the game but with 10 minutes remaining Onley Arms rallied and pushed on and started to make Witham Nomads defend but they defended well through two prolonged goal mouth scrambles and saw out the remaining minutes to take the trophy.
Final Score: Onley Arms 0 Witham Nomads 1
Onley Arms: Mike Linstead, Greg Elliott, Martin Crow, Tony Hird, Connor Dudley, Nick Trigg, Will Brudenell, Sam Phillips, Stuart Cann, Ben Collar, Jack Soar. Substitutes: Dave Watts, James Ball, Taylor Hickson, Liam Mabbatt, Luke Hammond.
Witham Nomads: Joseph Gibbons, Paul Lecompte, Aiden Lizzimore, Dan Fairs, Mike Collingwood, Ben Fairs, Louis Williams, Sam Greenhalgh, Eddie Holroyd, Matt Wilshere, James Ambrose. Substitutes: Ben Ayles, Bailey Wright, Michael Gooderham, Matt Clark, Kodie Smith.
Man Of The Match: Sam Greenhalgh – Witham Nomads FC.
Referee: Ben Ridge
Assistant Referee’s: Dave Parker and Alex Greenacre
Fourth Official: Mariusz Burchan