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Knights Enjoy Their Cup Final Day

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Knights Cup FinalHT Knights put up a good showing against a strong Westwood Park side (who were unbeaten since September) in the U11 Cup Final at Chalfont St Peter on Saturday, but ultimately went home with the runners-up medals.

The culmination of an exciting cup run gave the players the opportunity to sample the big game atmosphere in front of a decent crowd. The boys lapped up the chance to use proper changing rooms and emerge from the tunnel to cheers from watching family & friends.

When the action started, Knights were not overawed or phased by the occasion and started strongly until the lively Westwood winger found space to strike a fierce shot. Although Nathan Wainman made a great save, the Westwood striker pounced onto the loose ball and slotted home. Shortly afterwards a precise through ball was lobbed over the advancing Nathan for 2-0. To their credit, Knights redoubled their efforts in the second quarter and created two decent scoring opportunities before succumbing again to the skilful and pacy Westwood attack who made it 3-0 at half time.

The final was shaping up in exactly the same way as last weeks’ semi-final but alas Knights were unable to score 6 in the second half this time. However, inspired by the tireless and indestructible Oliver Baldwin the Knights began to take the upper hand, spending the majority of the third quarter in the Westwood half. Eventually, the fully deserved goal arrived courtesy of a sweet left foot strike from Toby Bennett and for a fleeting moment Knights were dreaming of another comeback! Try as they might though, Knights couldn’t get a second goal that might have caused some panic in the Westwood ranks.

In the fourth quarter, Knights changed shape and went for broke and created two great opportunities that forced stunning saves from the Westwood keeper but the final nail in the coffin was delivered after a swift, flowing counter attack and a final score-line of 4-1.

Handshakes, three cheers and the medal ceremony were followed by parental hugs and congratulations, safe in the knowledge that the boys could have tried no harder.

Knights squad: Adam Hutchinson; Alex Littlewood; Ciaran Harris; Daniel Harris; Daniel Holmes; Daniel Kimberley; Jonah Sharma; Jonny Sutton; Kaelan Oldham; Nathan Wainman; Oliver Baldwin; Oliver Stonehouse; Raphael Prinz; Samuel Rints; Toby Bennett; Tomas Lipinksi


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