Wamil Wasps sting opponents in Trophy
WAMIL Wasps stung Stoke By Clare to win the Bluefin Sport Suffolk Sunday Trophy.
They scored either side of half-time to win 2-0 and so lift the trophy in the second final on ‘Super Sunday’ at AFC Sudbury.
Wamil Wasps, drawn from players at Mildenhall Cricket Club, only formed this season and were playing opponents who started the season a division higher than them in the Bury & District Sunday League.
Fin Logan’s low cross-shot put Wamil Wasps ahead three minutes before the interval and they extended their lead through Rob Scrivener five minutes into the second-half.
Chances were few and far between in a tight first-half but Stoke By Clare looked the more likely to break the deadlock.
Stoke’s Charlie Ellam had his shot from inside the area saved low down by keeper Dan Stackhouse after 25 minutes, and the striker then fired into sidenetting at the near post in the 38th minute.
Stoke By Clare (blue shirts) on the attack against Wamil Wasps (yellow shirts) in the Bluefin Sport Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final at AFC Sudbury on Sunday. Photograph: Lily Chiang
Wamil Wasps defended doggedly and it was against the run of play when they broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, Logan, receiving the ball outside the penalty area and his low shot found the bottom far corner.
Stoke almost equalised three minutes after the resumption, Kieran Ager laying the ball off to Ellam whose dipping effort struck the face of the crossbar and then Sam Phillips shot just wide of the far post from the rebound.
Stoke’s misery was compounded by a second Wamil Wasps goal two minutes later, Scrivener smashing home a rising drive from inside the penalty area.
Scrivener then fed Dion Badcock and his drive went just over the crossbar at the near post.
Ellam was sin binned after 63 minutes and had only been back on the pitch a couple of minutes when he shot just wide after appeals for a handball in the Wasps’ penalty area were waved away.
Wamil Wasps almost rubbed salt into Stoke’s wounds when Scrivener found Logan who volleyed just wide in the 87th minute.
Stoke By Clare: Sean Gage, Jordan Willey, Lee Hurkett, Jordan Palazon, Ben Steward, Ben Smith, Sam Phillips, James Alderman, Glen Barnes, Charlie Ellam, Kieran Ager. Used subs: Ed Smith, Ryan Smithson, James Pinker, Michael Brzezinski. Unused sub: Alex Pinker.
Wamil Wasps: Dan Stackhouse, Phil Turner, Harrison Milner, Jack Bowman, Tom Heywood, Rob Scrivener, Jack Loveday, Fin Logan, Jack Challis, Jon Allen, Dion Badcock. Used subs: Rhys Daltrey, Ash Clark, Freddie Gallagher. Unused subs: Jordan Francis, Kiefer Benouf.
Referee: Peter Biggs.
Rob Scrivener (yellow shirt) who scored the second goal for Wamil Wasps is too late to cut out a pass from a Stoke By Clare opponent (blue shirt) in the Bluefin Sport Suffolk Sunday Trophy Final at AFC Sudbury on Sunday. Photograph: Lily Chiang