LAST night was another evening to remember for Trafalgar as they completed a treble by adding the Scarborough & District FA Sunday Cup to their already bulging trophy cabinet.
Traf, who have dominated the Sunday competitions in recent seasons, were pushed very close by Paddy Parke’s West Pier, but it was the battling spirit that guided them to a 3-1 win at Queensgate.
“When we go behind against any team I am always confident we can come back,” said manager Liam Salt.
“One of our main qualities is our battling spirit and that is what saw us through.
“We had plenty of chances either side of their goal, so I do feel that we deserved it.
“It has been another great season for the club and there are a lot of people to thank for that.
“I would like to thank everyone, but especially Martin Dixon and Wayne Aziz, who have been a massive help.”
The final moved away to a sluggish start, with both sides tentatively jabbing away in the opening acts.
Jamie Bradshaw, who plies his trade for Pier on a Saturday, should have opened the scoring for Traf, but with the goal gaping his touch went missing.
That could have also been said for Traf keeper Chris Ferrey after 24 minutes, as his woeful error presented Pier with the opener.
Ferrey scuffed his clearance to Tom Barker, who judged his lob beautifully as it glanced home off the post.
The play continued to to and fro, as Pier’s Ricky Greening and Traf’s Ben Salt went close, before the big decision was made by referee Dave Hudghton minutes before the break.
Danny Price went down in the box under a Pier challenge, and the penalty was given. Kris Tate stepped up and rolled home.
Traf boss Salt switched Tom Adams into the attack in the second half, and it made all the difference.
Though it was Pier who almost landed the first blow when Ronnie Lamb’s effort struck the bar.
Adams went close on a couple of occasions, before Traf did finally wrap things up.
Ben Salt forced his way through two challenges and picked out the bottom corner.
Then with Pier pushing on, the counter attack was sprung, and Tate ran onto a long ball, to dink home the all-important third.