Spurs clinch Bloomfield Cup

Spurs B have been crowned Bloomfield Cup champions after a 1-0 victory over Delting B at the Gilbertson Park yesterday afternoon. After a tight and goalless first half, the town side took the lead through veteran Neil Fenwick and managed to hold on for the win.

Following last week’s postponement, Spurs B and Delting B battled it out for this years Bloomfield Cup on Sunday afternoon in what would prove to be an even match with little to separate between the two sides. With North Isles FC pipping both sides for to the league and clinching the Joint Cup earlier in the season, the Bloomfield Cup was the final opportunity for both these teams to bag a piece of silverware their overall efforts deserved.

Both sides lined up strong starting 11’s with several players heavily involved in A team outings this season. The early exchanges were even with neither team able to carve out any real chances to note and most of the play congested in the middle of the park.

The match’s first real chance fell to Dale Keith however the Spurs player-manager could not get control of the ball in the box and Delting managed to clear with youngster Connor Grant on the prowl for the rebound. Grant then produced the match’s first piece of magic with a rabona cross Payet would have been proud of, but their were no takers in the Delting box.

Delitng were looking dangerous on the break with Gary Sutherland and Shaun Manson looking to get in behind the Spurs defence at every opportunity. However the experienced Torneil Halvorsen and David Mann were mopping up any dangerous attacks with consummate ease and Logan Grant remained relatively untested in the Spurs goal.

The best effort of the first half came after around 30 minutes when midfielder Danny Peterson swung in a freekick from 30 yards; with Grant in the Spurs goal sprawling, the ball crashed of the bar and the Spurs defence were able to clear the ball to safety.

The town side then went up the other end and created a chance of their own however stand-in goalkeeper Stuart Hay saved well when striker Joe Goodlad found himself through 1-on-1. Hay then saved from Bruce McColloch’s shot from the edge of the box and the half was brought to a close with the score 0-0.

The second half begun as the first ended with neither team able to grab the match by the scruff of the neck and create any meaningful chances. Spurs were looking more dangerous on the wings however with Scott Morrison and Grant beginning to see more of the ball and skipping past their men.

With the match edging towards extra time, Spurs finally managed to break the deadlock. A corner swung in from Spurs’ right hand side was met at the back post by Neil Fenwick and the well-travelled defender powerfully headed home to put Spurs 1-0 ahead.

Time was running out for the boys in claret who forced a couple of late corners but Grant again remained untested. Ivan Sinclair brought proceedings to a close with Spurs B victorious by the solitary goal to nil in a tense match that became scrappy at times.

Best on the day for Spurs were Connor Grant and Bruce McColloch while Danny Peterson and Stuart Hay put in good performances for Delting.