Swineshead deservedly claim trophy

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Swineshead lifted the Sharman Burgess Sports Cup with a 3-1 victory over Benington.

Torrential rain had a major bearing on the attendance but those supporters who did turn up witnessed a decent game between the two Boston and District League Premier Division sides.

Favourites Swineshead, who finished second in the Boston League, deservedly lifted the trophy, although Benington played their part in a closely-fought encounter which saw all the goals arrive in the second half.

Swineshead keeper Andy Stukins was forced to save from Tim Bell after just five minutes while at the other end Jack Houghton got free before shooting into the side netting.

Houghton again went close after 20 minutes when dragging wide from 18 yards out.

He then wriggled free in the box, only to see his shot superbly deflected away by the outstretched boot of Benington keeper Will Newton.

Benington came more into the game as the interval approached but the Swineshead back four, superbly marshalled by Rob Masters and man-of-the-match James Andrews in the centre, dealt comfortably with most threats.

Swineshead went in front early in the second half when Benington failed to deal with a right-wing corner and the ball was diverted into the net off an unfortunate defender for an own goal.

They hit back within minutes, though, when referee Paul Revell pointed to the spot following a trip and Matthew Howard fired the penalty into the top left corner.

They almost went ahead when Bell flashed a header wide from a right-wing free-kick but from then on Swineshead took control.

Paul Clarke got behind the Benington defence and tucked his shot past the keeper to Swineshead back in front and Houghton made sure of victory with a rather fortunate ricochet.

Swineshead could have added to their score as they lifted two good chances over the bar and substitute James Zealand screwed a good chance wide.