Seamer weather early storm to seal Frank White Trophy success

Seamer Reserves completed the league and cup double after beating Falsgrave Athletic 2-0 in the final of the Frank White Trophy
Seamer Reserves completed the league and cup double after beating Falsgrave Athletic 2-0 in the final of the Frank White Trophy
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Seamer Reserves weathered early Falsgrave Athletic pressure before dominating proceedings after the break as they completed the league and cup double with a 2-0 win in a competitive Frank White Trophy final.

Playing on home turf, it took Seamer a while to get a foothold in the game as Falsgrave, led by the dangerous Mikey Anderson, bombarded the box with a host of corners and free-kicks early on.

The closest Athletic came to breaking the deadlock came when Anderson found the target with one of many free-kicks on the edge of the box and Joe Wright was forced to tip over the bar.

Seamer almost grabbed a goal out of nothing as their playmaker Kris Tate took aim from 40-yards and was only denied by a matter of inches as the ball struck the stanchion.

Despite looking the more dangerous on the counter-attack, Falsgrave fell behind when Danny Birley’s cross found veteran Gary Walters at the back post, who made no mistake in grabbing the opener.

Falsgrave almost levelled straight away but a back-post header was hacked off the line by Tate with Wright beaten.

Skipper Matty Dawson and manager Gary Dixon celebrate their double success

Skipper Matty Dawson and manager Gary Dixon celebrate their double success

Seamer took full control of proceedings after the interval and should have 2-0 with a carbon-copy of their first goal, but Walters somehow managed to spurn the chance.

Danny Glendinning, on for the injured Danny Exley, was causing the Falsgrave defence problems and could have ended up with a hat-trick had he taken his chances in front of goal.

First he was superbly thwarted by brave goalkeeping from Falsgrave’s Dean Cross when he was put through on goal, before the experienced keeper made a reaction save down to his left to deny Tate.

Glendinning then rattled the post with a ferocious strike when well-placed before shanking wide from a similarly promising position, before Seamer doubled their lead.

If Falsgrave had taken advantage of the numerous set-pieces they won in the first 30 minutes it could have been a different game.

Sub Chris Ferrey showed superb vision to Glendinning in space, and this time he managed to squeeze his effort into the bottom corner past Cross.

Falsgrave had reverted to a three-man defence by this point and Seamer took full advantage as they created a host of goalscoring opportunities as Athletic chased the game.

First a superb move involving Ferrey and Tate found young wing-back Conner Myerscough down the left, only for Cross to save superbly.

Tate fired in two speculative efforts with the clock ticking down, but both flew harmlessly wide.

Seamer had already done enough to claim their second piece of silverware following their division three success though and ran out 2-0 victors.

Matty Drury and Kris Tate shone for the victors, while the ever-dangerous Mikey Anderson and Lewis Short impressed for Falsgrave.

If Falsgrave had taken advantage of the numerous set-pieces they won in the first 30 minutes it could have been a different game.

Seamer weathered the early pressure and their back three of Drury, Matthew Burling and Josh Lewis defended their box superbly and when they settled into the game, they could have eventually scored many more as Glendinning threatened on numerous occasions.

Consolation for Falsgrave could come shortly as Cayton need to record a huge win against Seamer to deny them promotion in the runners-up spot.