Third time lucky for Clegg’s Edgehill

Edgehill overcame the disappointment of two consecutive League Cup final defeats by beating Eastfield 4-1 to finally lift the silverware.

Following defeats against Ryedale and Filey Town in the last two year’s League Cup finals, Edgehill met a determined and fired-up Eastfield side at Mill Lane.

The rub of the green certainly went the way of Steve Clegg’s men in the early stages.

First they survived what looked like strong claims for a penalty after a clumsy shove in the back of a n Eastfield man.

Moments later Edgehill countered and opened the scoring in controversial circumstances as a ball was whipped into Ricky Greening, who looked like he was in an offside position.

Eastfield keeper Chris Ferrey couldn’t get to the cross in time, and Greening nodded in for 1-0.

It was soon 2-0 to Edgehill after Kieran Link’s precise ball found Greening, who maintained his composure and fired past Ferrey to double his side’s lead.

Eastfield almost levelled just before the break after Cappleman was lobbed, but the ball bounced agonisingly over the bar and Edgehill kept theor 2-0 lead at the break.

Eastfield had the first real channce of the second half, this time Dom Barber lobbed over Cappleman, but he overhit his effort and it rolled out harmlessly for a goal-kick.

The game was effectively over when Edgehill substitute Jason Prosser’s cross wasn’t cleared properly, and the ball fell to man of the match Shaun Dodson, who curled superbly into the top corner for 3-0.

Eastfield’s Danny Kelly, who had been lively on the right flank for most of the contest, wriggled free in the box and fired low and hard into the Edgehill net to make it 3-1 with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Any hope Lee Tate’s men had of fighting their way back into the match were eradicated when the Eastfield defence tried to catch the lively Aaron Jenking offside, but the pacy winger beat both the trap and the onrushing keeper Ferrey to the ball before running into an empty net to round the scoring off at 4-1.

Dodson was named as man fo the match, while Greening, Paul Watson and Tom Hickin also stood out for Edgehill.

Kelly, Ali Caw and Kris Tate gave it their all for Eastfield, but a mix of bad luck and a lack of cutting edge cost them at key moments.

See Thursday’s Scarborough News for quotes from Edgehill boss Steve Clegg and pictures by Steve Lilly.