Treble trophy triumph
Baldock Town Templars 0 Letchworth Garden City Eagles Blues 1 IF PREVIOUS form were anything to go by, then the final would be a stroll in the garden for a Letchworth side unbeaten in three years. On the back of another league and county cup double the
Baldock Town Templars 0
Letchworth Garden City Eagles Blues 1
IF PREVIOUS form were anything to go by, then the final would be a stroll in the garden for a Letchworth side unbeaten in three years.
On the back of another league and county cup double the Eagles were looking to claim another treble on Sunday afternoon in this local derby.
The league champions were straight out the blocks and rained in on the Baldock goal with relentless pressure from the word go.
Early chances fell to the imposing Reece Lowden who threatened throughout with his clever ball work and movement that led to a number of early chances.
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Midfielder Matthew Wells also had a good chance to open the scoring only to be denied by an excellent save from Templars goalkeeper Dan Plumb, after some good work from captain Shane Carthy.
Wells returned the favour moments later chipping a delicate pass into the path of Carthy whose angled drive forced another fine save.
Ben Farrar came on before half time, and immediately tormented the Baldock back line twisting nicely on the right touchline, pulling the ball back for the on running Charlie Evans who blasted wide from close range.
With Eagles creating so many chances it was amazing that the match remained all-square at half-time, but thanks to some great saves and steely determination, Templars were still in with a shout.
But the second-half started as the first one ended with Letchworth piling on the pressure with chances falling to Farrar and Evans.
An Eagles goal looked imminent and 15 minutes in Lewis Coleman finally unlocked Baldock's determined defence with a calm strike inside of the box, after a clever move that left Coleman with only the keeper to beat.
Templars continued to battle and lesser teams would have given up long ago, but with their inability to create chances and Letchworth's large share of possession - there was only going to be one winner.
More brave goal keeping from Plumb denied Letchworth any more goals, as he and centre back Aaron Higginson kept attacks at bay.
However one goal was all it needed - as Letchworth claimed their third trophy of the year and kept their staggering unbeaten run intact for another season.
Baldock Town Templars: Plumb, Laing, Pride, Higginson, Chapman, Hills, Canter, Parker, Penny, Hayter, Jones, Draper, Kirkham
Letchworth Garden City Eagles Blue: A.Harpur, Finan, Bailey, J.Harpur, Wells, Rose, Brooke, Carthy, Farrar, Bartlett-Tasker, Allen, Coleman, Lowden, Evans, Angus, Breed