Lincolnshire FA Sunday Cup final - Pinchbeck United 5 Thurlby United 0. Match report by sports editor Mark Lea at Sincil Bank
It’s not too often you get a chance to see history being made.
So the trip to Sincil Bank on Sunday was well worth it for those supporting Pinchbeck United.
They became the first-ever Spalding Sunday League side to win the county cup.
Pinchbeck had already picked up two trophies this season and their 100 per cent league record surely means it’s now simply a question of when they will complete the quadruple.
Skipper Josh Ford led by example with a hat-trick on this historic day.
His double just before the break made a big difference as Thurlby United’s hopes were effectively ended during that one-minute spell.
Pinchbeck were in front thanks to Tommy Treacher’s lucky effort but that was the only time where Thurlby could consider themselves to be unfortunate.
A dominant display was fully rewarded and it’s easy to see why Pinchbeck have got into the winning habit.
They looked a real threat from start to finish and the only surprise was that it took them 26 minutes to break the deadlock.
Central defender Jon Fairweather missed a far-post chance and then saw a header cleared off the line moments after Stacy Cartwright’s long-range drive had been pushed away from the top corner.
Treacher found a way past Thurlby keeper Darran Wesley when a left-wing cross went into the net off the base of the far post.
Ford fired wide with his first opportunity but he was not to be denied.
Two minutes before half-time Ford raced clear and cleverly clipped the ball over Wesley.
Almost immediately it was 3-0 as Cartwright fed Ford in the penalty box and the striker converted again via the far post.
Instead of having hope of a comeback, Thurlby saw their dreams quickly fade away.
To their credit, though, they kept battling away – even though the only save made by Ricky Drury came as Fraser Sturgess’ header flicked off Pinchbeck defender Luke Wilson towards the bottom corner.
Player-manager Steve Mastin and striker Scott Spearink were off target in the second half but Thurlby must have known there was no way back.
Pinchbeck made it 4-0 on 72 minutes when Ford turned and fired home from the edge of the penalty area to complete his treble.
Another attempt by Ford was parried wide but soon afterwards Andy Law – who had only been on the pitch for five minutes – fired the fifth Pinchbeck goal.
It was a fantastic finish and a fitting way to seal a day which will go down in history.
4-4-2: Drury 7; Wilson 8, Stevens 8, Fairweather 8, A Jackson 8; Murrell 8 (sub Law 74 mins), Millson 8, Pinner 8 (sub Patterson 67 mins, 7), Cartwright 8; Treacher 8, Ford 9 (sub Barnes 79 mins). Subs not used: N Jackson, Gardner.
4-2-3-1: Wesley 6; Parkin 6, Flood 6, Smith 6, Sturgess 6 (sub Ablewhite 88 mins); Jackson 6, Collins 6; Goldson-Williams 6, Mastin 6 (sub Hudson 86 mins), Younghusband 6 (sub Hobbs 54 mins, 6); Spearink 6. Subs not used: Main, Twaite.
Treacher (26 mins, 1-0); Ford (43 mins, 2-0); Ford (44 mins, 3-0); Ford (72 mins, 4-0); Law (79 mins, 5-0).
Treacher, Smith (fouls).
Josh Ford – who else? Pinchbeck’s captain led from the front with another hat-trick and could have added to his tally.