Borrowash Victoria 1-3 West Bridgford
Westy's Bridgford Brace Brings Title At First Attempt
Match Reporter: John Burns
WHAT AN AMAZING DAY!!!!
West Bridgford needing a win to ensure their title dreams and had two key players missing, Will Heath and Tim Hopkinson but welcomed back Pat Newsome after a recent toe injury.
Anyone who thought Borrowash were here to make up the numbers were completely wrong as they gave a worthy and spirited performance making Bridgford work hard for their title victory.
It was a tense and nervy start as the away side sought an early goal on a hard and bumpy pitch which did not help the flow of the contest. Aaron Large had two efforts early on as did striker Carl Westcarr.
It was Westcarr who settled Bridgford's nerves in the 18th minute when he was bought down in the box by Jacob Brandon - Westcarr himself stepped up and convereted the resultant penalty. 0-1 (Bridgford)
Back came the home side who occasionally looked dangerous on the break but finding the Bridgford defence rock solid marshalled supremely by captain and warrior Jonathan Ventrella.
Jamie Spiers was now running the game from midfield - after more good work he forced a corner which was taken by Ross McCaughey and headed just wide by full back Dave Erentz.
The away side were in control however it came as something of a shock when out of nowhere a cross by Borrowash full back Dan Rowley eluded the despairing hands of keeper Martin Kearney giving the home side a 44th minute equaliser. 1-1 (Borrowash)
The second half saw Bridgford pile on the pressure - Carl Westcarr, Aaron Large and Jurgen Charlesworth all had chances as Abou Sylla now replaced Tom Coole who had also hit the side netting.
Bridgford were now relentless in attack, Large had a brilliant free kick tipped over by home keeper Simon Dye and Sylla was causing havoc down the left.
Finally in the 80th minute a brilliant move down the left involving the outstanding Ross McCaughey and Abou Sylla combined to set up Westcarr's second goal from close range 1-2 (Bridgford)
Bridgford secured the contest seven minutes later when substitute Ryan Stark smashed home a left footed wonder strike from 25 yards, his first goal for the club. 1-3 (Bridgford)
The referee blow the final whistle to some fantastic and emotional scenes involving the players, management and supporters alike.
This was a magnificent triumph which saw West Bridgford presented with the league trophy in their first season in the East Midland Counties League. The game saw every Bridgford player 'doing his bit' with the man of the match award shared between Carl Westcarr and Patrick Newsome.
FT 1-3 (Bridgford)
Man Of The Match: Patrick Newsome / Carl Westcarr
Joint Managers Stuart Robinson and Chris Marks spoke after the game, 'its a quite brilliant day for everyone associated with West Bridgford Football Club, over the fourty-two game season the players have been magnificent - to lose just six games is testament to the togetherness and individual skill of the group. We now have busy summer making sure we are fully prepared for our debut season in the Midland Football League'.