Seven-goal thriller in Bishop's Cup final
A seven-goal thriller decided the eventual winners of this year’s Norfolk Christian Football League Bishop’s Cup trophy - Norwich Central Baptist Church.
NCBC opened up a massive four-goal half-time lead against opponents Stalham Baptist at Mulbarton United’s Mulberry Park, courtesy of goals from Matt Bolton, Matthew Price, Kevin Finch and Chris Morgan, in front a crowd of around 100.
The game seemed all over, but NCBC counted without a spirited comeback from Stalham. Second half goals from Tom Shirley, Neil Harris and Jeff Shirley saw a tense last 15 minutes when Stalham thought they had equalised only to have the goal ruled out for offside.
The Bishop Maurice Wood Trophy
was presented by the present Bishop of Norwich, the Right Rev Graham James
, the first time this has happened for a number of years.
League chairman, Pete Loughborough, said: “It was a very entertaining match and my heart was in my mouth towards the end of the game.”
Earlier in the day, a young but skilful Witard Road Baptist side took on the UEA Christian Union team in a repeat of last year’s final in the Wroxham Road Memorial Shield final, also held at Mulbarton.
Witard Road striker John Sewell
got a goal in each half to win the game for his team and retain the title for a second year.
Manager Mike Culwick said: “It was an excellent game played in a good spirit with a good attitude throughout and was well supported.”
The first seven-a-side match will start at 9am and will be the Under-12 final between Brooke Adventurers v Holy Trinity.
The Under-14 will be contested by St Peter’s Easton A and Holy Trinity, while the Under-16 final is Broadland Lads v Trinity/St Mary’s A. The Under-14 will be contested by , while the Under-16 final is .
Spectators are welcome and entry to the UEA Sportspark is 50p but otherwise there is no admission charge.
Cup finals day in pictures include Witard Road (in red), UEA (green stripes), NCBC (blue stripes), Stalham (green), Bishop of Norwich (purple). Pictures taken by Robert Varley and Keith Morris.
Larger copies of the pictures are available by e-mail from Keith Morris