Clincial Barbarians clinch Treasurers Cup to cap impressive first seasonBy Lewis Rudd
May 16, 2012
Basildon Barbarians 3 Goring United Res 2
Extra-time goals from Luke Passby and Peter Haynes helped Basildon Barbarians beat Goring United Reserves at Scours Lane to win the Treasurers Cup in an exciting and entertaining encounter on Sunday.
Division 4 West champions Basildon came into the game as heavy favourites, having topped the league with 17 wins from 18 games in their inaugural season, scoring 105 goals and conceding just 16.
But Goring, who finished fourth in the same division, put up a defiant and determined performance during a game which neither side deserved to lose.
It was Basildon who opened the scoring on the half-hour mark through David Stevens, with the captain rifling a precision free-kick from 30 yards beyond the desperate reach of Thomas Heslop - who had earlier denied the skipper with a top draw save, palming away a dipping volley from just outside the box - and into the top left-hand corner.
Goring had the chance to level matters from the penalty spot in the second half, but Thomas Bonner’s effort was brilliantly saved by Liam Royden; diving low to his left and pushing the ball away to safety.
Royden though, was beaten when Chris Cresswell found space in a crowded Basildon box and fired home amid Basildon protests of handball.
Both sides then traded numerous opportunities as the balance of play tipped in favour of one team and then the other.
As tiredness and cramp spread across both cramps, it was the Barbarians, and Passby in particular, who struck the first of two killer blows at the start of extra-time, heading home a right-wing cross.
The league champions then grabbed a third in the closing minutes of the game, with Haynes also finishing with his head after connecting with a cross from the left.
Goring’s Jonothan Nicholas nodded home what was to be the final touch of the game following good work from Cresswell, whose afternoon ended with a red card shown on the final whistle for using foul and abusive language towards Royden.
Joint Basildon boss Dawfydd Williams said of his team's efforts: “We had the players today at the right end. We needed to be clinical.”
Opposite number Russell Collier had nothing but praise for his Goring charges - who boast an average age of just 21 - saying: added: “I told them before the game what ever happens I’m proud of you all.”