FOOTBALL: Harrox’s unique double as Tigers are tamed

Shock win: Moulton Harrox Reserves are pictured before their spot-kick win over Holbeach United Reserves (below). Photo: Paul Franks/Peterborough ET (METP-07-05-11PF229)
Shock win: Moulton Harrox Reserves are pictured before their spot-kick win over Holbeach United Reserves (below). Photo: Paul Franks/Peterborough ET (METP-07-05-11PF229)
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HOLBEACH UNITED RES 0 MOULTON HARROX RES 0 (AET, Moulton win 4-1 on pens): HARROX shocked the Tigers on Saturday to complete a unique Peterborough and District League double.

Just five after Moulton’s first team landed the PFA Senior Cup, the second string denied Combination Division One champions Holbeach a second successive league and cup double with a penalty shoot-out success in the PFA Junior Cup final.

The Tigers will still be kicking themselves at their failure to deliver the crown, having totally dominated the derby clash.

They came into the Chestnut Avenue final as overwhelming favourites after another title-winning season.

But Moulton gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges, with defences largely on top.

It was Holbeach that created the best chances though – and they really should have been out of sight.

Ainsley Johnson headed just wide before Jack Smith hit the side netting moments later.

Harrox continued to ride their luck, but with Ashley Coddington outstanding in defence they held out to the half-time whistle.

Dave Wilson and Martin Gordon both going close as the Tigers continued to dominate, but as the half wore on, extra-time began to look increasingly likely.

The Harrox rearguard stood firm though, while they even had a sniff of a goal at the other end with Robbie Cundy going close.

With the additional 30 minutes failing to yield a decisive strike, both sides were braced for the lottery of a penalty shoot-out.

Perhaps frustrated at their inability to see the game out, Holbeach seemed to crumble under the pressure and it was Harrox that held their nerve.

Dave Chapman, Coddington, Paul Manson and Lee Hudson were the successful Moulton takers, as they sealed a 4-1 spot-kick triumph.

Holbeach failed to hit the target with their three failed attempts.

There was still time for a moment of controversy after the penalties too, as Tigers’ keeper Adam Kirk was sent from the field by Spalding referee Nigel Thorold for using foul or abusive language.

That failed to take the gloss off Moulton’s moment though, with manager Gary Huggins and his assistant Steve Savidge left to reflect on a hugely impressive season that also saw them finish third in Combination Division One.

Holbeach Reserves’ squad: Adam Kirk, Tom McKeown, Kieran Bagnall, JohnNy Warfield, Glen Wells, Wayne Congreve, Ainsley Johnson, Jack Smith, Danny Goddard, Dave Wilson, Martin Gordon, Matt Heaton, Joe McKeown, Deane McCracken.

Moulton Harrox Reserves’ squad: Stewart England, Lee Hudson, Robbie Cundy, Paul Manson, Ashley Coddington, David Chapman, Dean Grummitt, Steve Paling, Ben Allen, Joe Harrison, Billy King, Ashley Allen, Ash Gedney, Lewis Chapman, Adam Quadling, Will Taylor.