Eagles lift North Beds Charity Cup for 12th time
PUBLISHED: 08:35 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:48 03 May 2017
Ben L’Honore’s unstoppable free-kick and substitute Jordan Massey’s late strike helped Stotfold see off battling Biggleswade United 2-0 and lift the North Beds Charity Cup for the 12th time at Langford’s Forde Park on Tuesday night, writes Tom Sharp.
In front of a healthy crowd, which included Spanish football expert and United director of football Guillem Balague, both teams fought hard to get their hands on the silverware but it was the Eagles’ superior finishing that ultimately tipped the balance.
Sixteen points separated the two sides in the SSML Premier Division’s final standings with Biggleswade sitting four positions above their opponents and it was they who generated the first opportunity with David Iwediuno seeing his vicious fifth-minute effort well saved by keeper Matt Fallon.
In response L’Honore cracked a 30-yard free-kick that required a strong Tom Wyant palm to tip it over the bar.
The Stotfold man’s left foot looked as if it could be a deadly weapon throughout and so it proved just beyond the half-hour mark. Following a soft set-piece awarded after Drew Cardines had been toppled on the right side of the box, L’Honore smashed the subsequent free-kick inside Wyant’s near post.
Cristian Colas’ men replied well with Norwegian import Simen Moller heading just off target after a brisk Biggleswade move.
Man of the moment L’Honore was still impressing minutes into the second half as first he brought another good stop from Wyant from a low drive before having an acrobatic goal chalked off after a foul on the keeper.
At the other end, Biggleswade were getting closer as Moller had a close-range shot blocked by defender Michael Simpson while Charlie Black mis-kicked six yards out to leave Stotfold breathing a sigh of relief.
United maybe knew it wasn’t going to be their day when Fallon luckily sat on another Moller effort when he looked certain to score and, in added time, Massey produced wild Stotfold celebrations.
Racing onto a superb through-ball the quicksilver forward slotted beyond the helpless Wyant, leaving Balague and the Biggleswade contingent to perhaps wish they’d stayed at home and admired another Champions League master-class from Cristiano Ronaldo instead.