Bullock strikes to seal cup win

The team are pictured, back row, from left,  Iain Czapowski (manager), Joe Czapowski, Harry Mayor, Braydon Hamer, Teddy Sutcliffe, Daniel Sherry, Chris Sherry (coach); Front row,  Rory Bullock, Matthew Hough, Luke Smalley, George Orrell
The team are pictured, back row, from left, Iain Czapowski (manager), Joe Czapowski, Harry Mayor, Braydon Hamer, Teddy Sutcliffe, Daniel Sherry, Chris Sherry (coach); Front row, Rory Bullock, Matthew Hough, Luke Smalley, George Orrell

Clitheroe Wolves Yellow Under 9s beat Lammack Juniors Blue 3-2 to win their first cup final in the East Lancs Football Alliance Spring Shield.

It was a closely-contested match from the start, with each team having beaten the other during the regular season.

However, on a neutral pitch at the Heys Sports Complex in Oswaldtwistle, Wolves turned their early pressure into a goal.

Luke Smalley won the free kick, being brought down just outside the area after a mazy run. Up stepped team captain Matthew Hough, who sent the ball crashing into the far corner of the net.

Wolves continued to retain possession, only for Lammack to equalise just before half-time after a mix up in the area.

Wolves started the second half as they had finished the first, in an up-tempo mood, eager to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

This early motivation enabled Wolves to take the lead for the second time, after some fantastic inter-play in midfield by Joe Czapowski and George Orrell, who orchestrated a great opportunity for Rory Bullock, who scored with a fine one-touch finish.

However, Lammack seemed to raise their game and began to put pressure on the Wolves defence, which eventually resulted in an equaliser.

Midway through the second half, Wolves took the lead for a third time when Bullock, surrounded by Lammack defenders, managed to squeeze a shot from a tight angle into the net.

Lammack tried to get themselves back into the match, but with outstanding defending throughout from Teddy Sutcliffe, Harry Mayor, Daniel Sherry and Braydon Hamer, they were unable to find another equaliser.

At the final whistle, there were scenes of celebration as the team experienced their first taste of cup glory.