TRAFALGAR added to their league success with a superb Kenward Cup final victory over a determined and resolute Newlands side.
Liam Salt’s men battled hard to secure a 3-2 win over their rivals, but were made to dig deep by a resilient Newlands outfit.
Trafalgar immediately piled on the pressure from the start, with Joel Ramm forcing keeper Jamie Millward into a fine stop with a well hit half volley five minutes into the game.
Only two minutes later and Ramm was inches away from giving his side the lead; his well placed effort had the keeper beaten but cannoned off the far post.
The seven times league champions didn’t have to wait long though to take the lead.
A finely executed cross by right winger Jamie Bradshaw on 15 minutes met the grateful head of captain Baz Gill, who made no mistake by powering his header past the helpless keeper.
Only a minute later and Trafalgar doubled their lead.
Again, the superb Bradshaw delivered a delightful ball into the box; this time it was met by Wayne Aziz, who placed his header into the roof of the net, giving Salt’s men a two goal advantage.
Trafalgar looked to be romping to an easy win, until Newlands striker Ben Luntley drove a sublime 25 yard effort into the bottom corner against the run of play giving Newlands a boost.
On 35 minutes, Newlands found themselves two behind the division one champions again.
Bradshaw was deemed to have been brought down just outside the 18 yard box, giving Ramm the opportunity to increase Trafalgar’s lead.
And with no hesitation, he thundered the ball into the back of the net to restore his team’s two goal advantage.
The second half turned into a scrappy affair as Newlands stepped up a gear and pushed forward, with Trafalgar’s defence halting the advancing forwards with some well timed tackles.
Newlands could have had a penalty just before the hour mark when striker Luntley looked to have been fouled in the area.
But the referee dismissed all protests, much to the annoyance of some of the Newlands players.
Not long after and Newlands were back in the game.
A well executed corner was met by the head of Jack Hakings at the far post, who calmly placed his header into the top corner to half the deficit to just one goal.
As the game progressed Traf looked to counter as Newlands pressed forward.
And Ramm nearly grabbed his second of the match to seal the win. But his well struck free kick on 75 minutes was saved onto the post by keeper Millward, who then saved brilliantly from Aziz’ effort on the rebound.
As the game reached the final minutes, Newlands came incredibly close to grabbing an equaliser. But somehow defender Leigh Watson skied his effort from six yards, leaving Trafalgar to hold on for victory.
After a well fought cup final, a delighted Liam Salt was elated with his team’s victory: “I’m over the moon, we should have wrapped it up after going two ahead, but we defended really well to hold on at the end.”
Traf will now hope to wrap up a treble when they face either West Pier or Staxton in the FA Sunday Cup final on May 17.