SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chris fires Grammar into historic LB final

History makers: Spalding Grammar School before their semi-final. Back ' Dave Endersbee, James Halgarth, James Barton, Alex Pearson, James Gifford, Jack Raynor, Sam Cowlen, Jordan Hayes, Alex Lewis, Ash West; Front ' David Roxbury, Alex Lyon, Ross Woods, Chris Winstanley, Eddy Stagg, Hugh Smith. Photo: SG230311-17 (MIKE DAVISON).
History makers: Spalding Grammar School before their semi-final. Back ' Dave Endersbee, James Halgarth, James Barton, Alex Pearson, James Gifford, Jack Raynor, Sam Cowlen, Jordan Hayes, Alex Lewis, Ash West; Front ' David Roxbury, Alex Lyon, Ross Woods, Chris Winstanley, Eddy Stagg, Hugh Smith. Photo: SG230311-17 (MIKE DAVISON).

Spalding Grammar School 1 Bromsgrove School 0: HISTORY was made as Spalding reached the final of the LB Cup for the first time.

Chris Winstanley fired the only goal of the game on 20 minutes at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Grammar now face Radley or Berkhamsted in the final – and boss Dave Endersbee is backing them to lift the crown.

He said: “This was a very professional performance by the lads. We kept the ball superbly and frustrated and tired the opposition during the first half.

“The boys defended superbly throughout, and have proven that they can play football under pressure, despite the intensity of the occasion.

“I have no doubt that the support they received from the crowd gave them a boost and for that I am grateful for everyone who gave up their time to support us.

“I’m extremely proud of the team and we look forward to taking this momentum onto the final.

“With just one match between us and the trophy, we are all very confident that we can go all the way.”

Early attacks saw the width of Alex Lewis and Winstanley combine with the aerial dominance of lone striker Jordan Hayes to create a reel of chances that signalled Spalding’s attacking game plan.

The crucial goal arrived when a quick Ed Stagg free kick was floated into the area to find Winstanley, who flicked the ball into the top corner.

Hayes was denied a second moments later, while any Bromsgrove attacks were snuffed out by Spalding, led by captain Jack Raynor.

Grammar searched for a second after the break, but the Bromsgrove keeper pulled off a superb double save to deny Hayes and Alex Lyon on the follow up.

It was tight from then on, with Spalding holding out to secure a famous place in the final.