Salt delight at Traf cup success

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Trafalgar boss Liam Salt was over the moon with his side after Thursday night’s 7-0 North Riding FA Sunday County Cup win against Thornaby Meerkats.

The Sunday League high-flyers proved too good for their opponents in the final at Stokesley, lifting the silverware after what has been a gruelling run through to the final.

They achieved the victory, despite losing Pickering Town attacker Joel Ramm in the first few minutes due to a nasty knee injury.

Ramm went to hospital after the game, but he is now back home recovering.

Salt said: “It was a blow when Joel Ramm got injured in the first few minutes, I was gutted for him and it was a big blow for us.

“We were a bit edgy at the start, nobody wanted to make any mistakes at the start of the game, especially at they were all so up for it.

“After that we settled down, created some good chances and playing the football that we can play.

“We were a bit lucky to go in 2-0 up at the break. The third goal was the important one, when we got it that settled us down.”

Salt underlined that it has been a task moving through to this stage of the competition, and he was quick to pay tribute to the club as a whole.

“We have worked so hard to get here, going places with a bare 11 and playing reserves at time, but that is what we are about,” he added.

“We do have a lot of players signed on between the two teams, but we need them, this cup run has showed exactly that.”

Traf’s players came in for some ruthless punishment from the Meerkats towards the end of the final, resulting in a flurry of red cards for the Teesside outfit.

Salt said: “It spoilt it a bit with their players getting sent off, but that didn’t affect the result in the end.

“I thought Sean Exley and Billy Logan played well up front and the experience of Wayne Aziz also helped up because he just kept talking to everybody.

“You just hope nobody gets injured when the team you are playing against start doing things like they did.

“Dean Craig took a couple of lively challenges, but we got through it, the lads deserve credit for that.”