Sidbury United lift Grandisson Cup
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Sidbury United won the Grandisson Cup final, beating Upottery 1-0 at Ottery St Mary.
United went into the final buoyed by their 5-1 semi-final success over Lympstone.
Upottery had set their stall out to soak up pressure and look to hit on the counter, but Sidbury read that tactic well and looked to force the game at every opportunity.
Despite bossing much of the first half Sidbury were unable to find the finish to match their adventure and industry.
The best of the first half efforts was a half-volley from Sam Elstub which was struck straight at the keeper and a glancing header from Danny Green that drew a fine save.
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After the break the contest followed a similar pattern.
The decisive moment arrived in the 65th minute when Ash Small wriggled free of two defenders before rounding the keeper and tucking the ball into an empty net from 18-yards.
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Sidbury pressed for a second, but once again their approach was not matched by the finishing. With five minutes to go Upottery fashioned a great chance to level, but were denied by a smart save from United glovesman Jamie Harvey.
That proved to be the final decisive action at either end and it was left to Sidbury to lift the cup for the first time in their history.
United boss Schofield said: “It was a fairly poor performance from us to be honest, but we have played ten times better than that this season and lost so I am just happy to get the job done. From the point of view of the match it’s a shame that they (Upottery) did not try and attack more as a decent sized crowd deserved better than what they were forced to witness.”
The cup win round off a great season for the club after the senior team also finished fourth in Division One and they will come back ready to go one better next season and hope to deliver Premier Division football to Byes Lane in 12 months time.
Sidbury would like to make special mention of the fabulous support they have received this season from key sponsors; Potburys, Drews of Sidbury, Blackhorse, Jade Wok and Spar.