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L Mac Spartans lift Saturday Junior Trophy

PUBLISHED: 13:30 24 March 2017

L Mac Spartans celebrate winning the Saturday Junior Trophy (pic ponderosapics.photoshelter.com)

L Mac Spartans celebrate winning the Saturday Junior Trophy (pic ponderosapics.photoshelter.com)

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L Mac Spartans 2 St Clere’s 0

Action from the Saturday Junior Trophy final between L Mac Spartans and St Clere's (pic ponderosapics.photoshelter.com) Action from the Saturday Junior Trophy final between L Mac Spartans and St Clere's (pic ponderosapics.photoshelter.com)

Goals in each half from Eddie Hart and Wes Bocking sealed Essex Saturday Junior Trophy success for L Mac Spartans at Aveley’s Mill Field.

Having formed only last summer, the Brentwood club’s first season has been a memorable one with them challenging for honours in Division One of the Romford & District League and boss Chris Fyffe leading his side to County Cup glory at the very first attempt.

A somewhat impromptu discussion amongst friends during a trip to Portugal last year brought about the idea of creating Spartans, but even boss Fyffe has been surprised at the instant success.

“We definitely didn’t think we’d go this far,” he said after beating St Clere’s.

“We’ll certainly have a good night and we’ve really stepped up to the big occasion and I’d say this was the best we have played all season.”

For Stanford-le-Hope side St Clere’s the defeat was unfortunately a third in the Junior Trophy Final, but they pushed Fyffe’s team all the way on a slick surface.

“We won every tackle and, at times, I think we wanted it more,” added Fyffe.

“We looked really organised and there was some really good football, especially for our first goal. It couldn’t have gone better, really.”

Anyone amongst the healthy 214 crowd would agree with Fyffe’s sentiments on the quality of the contest which, for large parts, was pretty even, despite clear cut chances being at a premium.

Spartans threatened first as Lance McDowell’s free kick was picked up by Hart at the far post, who saw an angled shot deflected wide.

And Spartans took the lead on 17 minutes as Henry Bantick’s shot was pushed out by St Clere’s’ goalkeeper Charlie Fitt and former Romford striker Hart fired home a fine half volley from the rebound.

McDowell’s corner led to St Clere’s’ Christopher Nolan heading clear off the goal line before Spartans ‘keeper John Rawlings made a fine block to deny Michael Archer at the other end.

St Clere’s stopper Fitt made a smart second-half stop to keep out Bocking’s downward header from another McDowell set piece, but St Clere’s came close to a leveller as a goalline clearance kept out Lewis Allen’s header from a Stuart Knowles corner.

With just two minutes to play, Spartans completed the win with their second as a chipped through ball from Hart set Bocking free and the quick forward lobbed the ball over Fitt before slotting home into the unguarded net.

L MAC Spartans: John Rawlings, Billy Ellis, Taylor Mills, Mark Kelly, Paul Smith, Scott Smith, Lance McDowell, Ben Sitki, Eddie Hart, Wes Bocking, Henry Bantick. Substitutes (repeated): James Bellemy, Fred Parsons, Mitchell Collett, Joe Goodspeed, Tom Benson.

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