Park denied by hot-shot Cobb
PUBLISHED: 16:46 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:46 28 March 2013
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A late goal from former Dagenham & Redbridge striker Paul Cobb sent Park to defeat in the final of the Essex Veterans Cup at Heybridge Swifts last night.
Cobb pounced four minutes from time when Derek Wood’s volley came back off the crossbar to fire past Paul Mundy and clinch the silverware for Little Thurrock.
And for most of the squad it meant a second successive title, having lifted the cup with Ockendon last year.
Park, two divisions below their rivals in the Essex Veterans League, began well and Vinnie Webster’s 35-yard effort forced a fine save from Marc Baker.
Baker also denied Danny Henwood, before Billy Wilson blocked Micky Arnold at the other end and Cobb hit the outside of a post.
The woodwork also kept out a Tony Munden cross, after it had deflected off former Romford player Lee Fulling.
But the deadlock was broken six minutes after half time as Mick Mills saw his effort deflected into the bottom corner to put Thurrock ahead.
Park were back on terms seven minutes later, though, as Webster’s free-kick was spilled by Baker and Sam Marks converted the loose ball.
Cobb had the final say, though, to the delight of boss Micky Phillips, who enjoyed his first triumph as a manager.
“We knew Heath Park would be a decent side and they certainly had the better of the first 15-20 minutes where they were first to everything.
“I thought they ran out of puff a little as the game went on, which saw us create a lot of chances, but not everything fell for us.
“We were really pleased to grab it at the end and I thought we deserved it. We’re delighted with the result.”
Park: Mundy, Homes, Riley, Wilkins, Wilson, Riley, Imray, Henwood, Fulling, Hayes, Webster, Carrington, Galvin-Law, Roberts, Marks, Phipps.
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