ROYSTON Town boss Paul Attfield was overjoyed after sealing a trophy treble while St Margaretsbury manager Lee Judges admitted after their cup final defeat that his future is undecided.
The two teams played out a battling Spartan League Premier Division Cup final at Stotfold FC on Monday afternoon, with the Crows running out 2-0 winners to add the trophy to their league title and Floodlit Cup triumph.
“It ended the season superbly,” Attfield told the Mercury after the final whistle. “We’d already won the league and the Floodlit Cup so I wanted to see how the players would react.
"St Margaretsbury hadn’t won anything for so long and it was a big occasion for them, so it was always going to be a difficult day for us.
“I felt we started strongly and scored early. They came back strongly in the last 10 minutes of the half and both teams could have been down to 10 men.
“I thought we played some good football, with good approach play and two touch stuff, but in the second half we just didn’t have that clinical edge.”
The one downside for Attfield was the reaction of central defender Jason Beck to being substituted early in the first half. The defender enraged the Saints bench with a hard tackle on midfielder Adam Lawton
, which brought a yellow card despite the St Margaretsbury staff, players and fans screaming for a red.
Beck was involved in afters with Saints striker Leigh Rose and then shouted back at St Margaretsbury fans who had been letting him know their feelings. Paul Attfield decided he’d seen enough and brought on substitute Joe Clemo before his defender was sent off. Beck reacted angrily, storming off the other side of the pitch, hurling his shirt and marching back to the changing rooms.
“I took Jason off because he lost his head and got involved with their fans,” said Attfield. “He’s a passionate lad, but you need to be mentally stronger if you’re going to play at the next level. His reaction will be dealt with internally.”
Saints manager Judges was furious with the referee’s decision to only yellow card Beck and told the Mercury after the game that it should have been a clear-cut decision.
“It was a disappointing day all round,” he said. “Their player should have been sent off. It was a terrible tackle.
“I just want referees to do their job. I know Ed Taylor
could have also gone early on, but this was a horrendous tackle. I don’t know how Adam is still walking. It could have ended his football career.
“Full credit to the Royston manager for taking his player off though. It calmed things down quickly when they could have got out of hand.
“Royston are a good team and they took their chances. At 1-0 we were still in it and Ashley Harris
did well with the penalty. We were defensively poor as a unit though and we paid for it.
and Leigh Rose caused them problems, but they were clinical in the first half and we weren’t. If we’d got it to 1-1 it could have been so different.”
Judges also revealed that he was going to take some time to decide whether he’d return as St Margaretsbury manager next season.
He admitted: “It’s been a good season, but a tough one. I’m going to take some time and think about whether I want to keep going.”