First Team finish on a high note

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Clifton St Vincent’s 3 – 0 Easton Cowboys
Reserves 2 – 5 Jersey Rangers
A Team 3 – 1 Cotham Old Boys
B Team 0 – 0 Retainers Reserves

JOSH Gubb netted another two goals to take his season’s tally to 28 as the First Team rounded off the 2015-16 season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Easton Cowboys to finish third the Downs League’s Division One.

He broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Cowboys’ keeper tried to clear a long ball from Mark Mazza, but completely missed his kick, leaving Gubb with the simple task of running the ball into an empty net.

Another Mazza through pass caused havoc again later in the half, the keeper this time colliding with one of his defenders and the ball running nicely for Gubb to whip in his second from 10 yards.

The busy front-runner came close to completing a hat-trick after the interval when he drove a powerful free-kick from just outside the box that thumped the face of the crossbar before bouncing to safety.

He then turned goal-maker, floating over a perfect corner from the right for skipper Andy Kevern to rise high above Cowboys’ defence to nod powerfully home.

Manager Darren Davison said: “Unfortunately we ran out of steam towards the end and had two bad months of February and April.

“But overall we were in with a shout to finish in the top two for most of the season. We have a good group of players and if we keep everyone going next season we might do even better.”

He named Andy Kevern as his man-of-the-the match for controlling the back four well and scoring a good goal.

Torpedo clinched the Downs League championship on goal difference after coming from a behind to gain a 2-1 win over Ashley who finished in second spot also with 60 points.

The Reserves looked well set to end their campaign with a convincing victory after taking an early 2-0 lead with a header by Andy Helsby from Adam Facey’s long throw and a goal by teenager Rob Grant who also saw a fierce drive rattle the right-hand post.

But Jersey Rangers stepped up a gear to bring the scores level at half-time and then took advantage of some shoddy defending after the break to add three more to finish 5-3 winners.

Manager Richard Thompson said: “I’m disappointed because we finished the season on 50 points but today’s result meant we dropped from fourth to fifth place in the Division Two table.

“But there were lots of good moments during my first season in charge, but complacency was sometimes our downfall.”

He chose Ross Blackman as his star man for a very energetic and determined performance all over the pitch.

There was a double celebration for Kittiphong “Aon” Kairat and club stalwart Mark “Buck” Rogers (this website’s spell-checker) as the A Team beat Cotham Old Boys 3-1 to finish fifth in Division Three.

“Aon,” pictured on the website’s home page, opened the scoring in the fifth minute, his first shot being saved by the Old Boys’ keeper but he followed up quickly to tuck away the rebound.

It marked his final appearance before returning to Thailand to visit his parents and work as a builder, however he intends to return to pull on the purple and black shirt again in three years time.

Marsden Murison netted the other two goals, the first with a shot-come-cross as he cut in from the left and the other after dribbling across the box with just five minutes remaining.

Player manager Paul Davies was reasonably pleased with his side’s performances to finish fifth in Division Three.

He said: “We had a very up and down season. But if we had taken our chances and had not conceded so many soft goals, we would have been challenging for a medal.”

Ben Griffiths was named as the top performer for playing well in two positions, in midfield and at centre-back.

There was little to report from the B team after they finished their 2015-16 campaign with a dour 0-0 draw with Retainers Reserves.

Manager Will Amos said: “We came close to scoring on three or four occasions and at times we played some good football.

“But it was a good run out for next week when we play Sneyd Park A in the All Saints Cup final.

“During the season as a whole and when we could put our strongest side out, we were very competitive. It was also nice to see three or four of our young players develop in the side and finish the season playing in the First, Reserves and A Team.”

He named Aizor Cruz as his man-of-the-match for controlling midfield and coming close to scoring.

The B Team meet Sneyd in the Cup Final on the Downs next Saturday kicking off at 12.30pm. if will be followed
by the Norman Hardy Cup final between new Division One and Two champions Torpedo and Old Elizabethans.

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