The last Final was played on Friday 19 May so now is the time to round up all that has finalised the Cup matches this season. First to play was the Chell Trophy Final on the 31 March and was between Stanway Rovers Reserves and Walsham Le Willows Reserves, played at Diss Town under floodlights in front of 166 spectators. It was Stanway who came out the eventual winners with a single goal scored by James Clark which saw them lift the Chell Trophy as well as win the Reserve League.
Next up it was the Challenge Cup in which Mildenhall Town faced Newmarket Town on the Bank Holiday Monday of the 1 May with an afternoon kick off in front of 393 spectators. Mildenhall scorers were Luke Butcher and Stephen Spriggs and for Newmarket it was Mark Webster and therefore it was Mildenhall Town that completed the double, winning the League and the Challenge Cup!
Quick on the tail of that game we had the Division 1 KO Cup this time held at Dereham Town on Friday 5 May under the floodlights where Kings Lynn Town Reserves v Wisbech St Mary both travelled down the A47 to compete. Spectators numbered 219 for this match and saw Kyran Stannard’s superb free kick for Kings Lynn Town Reserves which took the team through to win.
That concluded the Senior Cups so now it was the Youth teams turn to compete for their Finals. First up was the Youth Cup itself where AFC Sudbury U18s played Dereham Town U18s back at Diss Town on the 12 May in front of 150 spectators in a 7:30 kick off which went all the way to 90 minutes without a goal. With no extra time in these Cup competitions it was down to the dreaded penalty shoot out to decide the match and it was AFC Sudbury scoring all 5 which saw them lift the Youth Cup.
AFC Sudbury U18s were back at Diss Town on the 19 May this time to face Swaffham Town U18s in the Youth Championship. AFC Sudbury had won the South division and Swaffham Town had won the North division and both teams had played other division finalists to reach this stage; East was won by Kirkley and Pakefield U18s, Cambridge was won by St Neots Town U18s, Central by Woodbridge Town U18s and West by St Ives Town U18s so congratulations are due to all those teams who put themselves in the position to play in the Championship matches. This time the result came within the 90 minutes and it was AFC Sudbury winning 4-0 that lifted the Championship Trophy for this season.
The League would like to thank the all hosting club’s volunteers at Diss Town and Dereham Town for putting on superb finals with great support and atmosphere. Thanks also to the match officials for all the games who do not receive a fee for these matches. Thanks must also go to all the League Committee who organised and presented the trophies and ensured the smooth running at the various events. Last but not least thanks must go especially to all the teams, players and management, who competed in the games and to all the supporters who made for the atmosphere at the events. Congratulations to all the winners!