Colliers Wood Town come from a goal down to win the Saturday Lower Junior Cup 4-1 against Bookham FC.
Ahead of the Saturday Lower Junior Cup final, a minute’s silence was observed at Meadowbank in memory of a family member of one of the participating players.
Colliers Wood Town started off on the front foot, putting lots of pressure on Bookham’s backline. Jimmy Harding proved to be an early threat as his low shot had to be saved by Bookham goalkeeper Harry Lintott.
Bookham grew into the game and saw their chances come, Harrison Phipps firing over from a corner routine and free kick scenario leading to a scramble in front of the Colliers goal. Though Colliers Wood also displayed their attacking prowess through Sebastian Morally and Michael Alexander playing a nice one-two with Morally striking just over the bar.
Colliers continued to put on pressure with Daryl Hay looking particularly sharp going forward, as they continued to attack Bookham, Harrison Phipps was called upon again to clear off his line before an outstanding save made by Lintott.
The resilience of Bookham was rewarded by a counterattack in the 37th minute, which saw a pacey Geroge Saunders break down the right-hand side an inch perfect cross over to Liam Hosthing, who drove a low finish into the back of the Colliers Net edging Bookham 1-0 ahead.
Moments later, the same scenario again presented itself, though on this occasion hesitance from Saunders saw him instead go for goal and fire the ball wide of the left post.
While it looked as though Bookham would go into the interval ahead, Colliers Town equalised on the stroke of half time as Michael Alexander poked in a low driven cross to give his team the momentum for the break.
The 2nd half began with both teams pressuring one another to grab an early lead, substitute for Bookham, Will Isaacs, was spreading passes well to try and help his team restore their advantage.
Despite this, Colliers went ahead following a corner routine in the 53rd minute, Daniel Field received the ball close to the flag and fired in an opportunistic curling shot which nestled into the left-hand side of the goal to put Colliers ahead for the first time in the final.
Alex Fraser-Cannon nearly made it 3-1 but was denied but another good save by Lintott. Though the Bookham keeper couldn’t keep Colliers Town from scoring again, after Daryl Hay got his reward for his efforts, picking up a ball over the top on the edge of the box and lacing into the roof of the net to give Colliers the 2-goal advantage.
Bookham came close to getting back in the game, but an outstanding tackle by Dean Lewsey prevented was looked to be a certain goal to keep the score the same.
The momentum led to Colliers picking up a 4th goal following a free kick into the box, Bookham were unable to clear following a scrappy exchange and substitute Bane Dundavan put the ball in the back of the net to ensure Colliers Wood Town were the 2023 winners of the Saturday Lower Junior Cup.
Goals (Bookham FC): Liam Hosthing (37’)
Goals (Colliers Wood Town FC): Michael Alexander (45’), Daniel Field (53’), Daryl Hay (67'), Bane Dundavan (85')
POTM: Daryl Hay
Referee: Craig Griffiths
Assistant Referee: Jake Pringle
Assistant Referee: Joshua Kelly
Fourth Official: Colin Campbell
Bookham FC: Harry Lintott, Matt Mole, George Saunders, Jeremy Crate, Callum Hurst, Alex Fraser-Cannon, Liam Pearce, Craig Murray, Will Isaacs, Harrison Phipps, Liam Malone, Daniel Hughes, James Smith, Luke Duffy, Liam Hosthing, James Bell, Joe Cluer.
Colliers Wood Town FC: Nathan Powell, Bane Dundavan, Sebastian Morally, Ben Kennett, Benson Chambers, Cameron Theodore, Chris Chambers, Daniel Field, Daryl Hay, Dean Lewsey, Eduart Dafkum Daniel Frost, Jimmy Harding, Jordan Johnson, Mason Pulham, Nathan Martin, John O’Reilly, Michael Alexander.