Newlands bag opening trophy

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NEWLANDS Park sealed their first-ever piece of silverware last night when they won the Coastal Shellfish League Cup final at Pickering’s Mill Lane by a 2-1 scoreline.

Delighted boss Shaun Mancrief said: “I’m over the moon, it was a great performance from the lads and this is the club’s first-ever trophy, which makes it even better.

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“We had to come through a tricky opening period, but we battled hard and deserved the win in the end.”

Newlands fought their way through a tricky first 10 minutes as Kris Tate, Matty Drury and Drew McCoubrey all spurned chances to open the scoring for Kev David’s Eastfield.

But Newlands began to assert themselves on the game and they grabbed the lead after 23 minutes when Chris Dove’s through-ball found Ben Luntley on the right.

He squared for Sean Exley to fire home against the run of play.

A minute later Newlands could have doubled their lead when Dove scampered through the off-side trap, but his effort flew over the bar.

After the break, both sides struggled to find their fluent best.

Sub Matty Shone could have headed Newlands’ second, while Luntley also missed a one-on-one.

Tempers flared after 70 minutes when Newlands keeper Kane Seavers and McCoubrey had a coming together following a late challenge, referee Paul Wharton brandished a yellow card apiece.

Eastfield had a trio of opportunities to haul themselves back into it, but sub Eric Hall blazed over and Seavers produced two useful saves to keep Newlands’ advantage.

Eastfield were made to pay for their wasteful finishing when Newlands doubled their lead after 86 minutes.

Dove beat the off-side trap once again when fed by Paddy Mancrief, he then showed great composure to lift over Sam Marson for the second.

Mancrief missed a great chance to make it three, before Eastfield bagged a late goal with a Tate penalty.

But it was too little too late, as Newlands held on to clinch the silverware.

Eastfield boss David said: “I thought we played well for the first 20 minutes and had three or four good chances, but all credit to Newlands.”