02:30PM, Tuesday 14 May 2019
Maidenhead Town Reserves claimed the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup on Saturday after beating Willen FC 4-2 in a back and forth game at Larges Lane.
Maidenhead started the brighter of the two sides and Darryl Wearn, who was to be a thorn in the side of Willen all game, went close early on.
Willen grew into the game and Alistair Passey had to stay alert in the Maidenhead goal to keep the scores level with some fine saves.
An injury to Chip Duncan meant a re-shuffle in the Town back four and the entrance of veteran defender Matt Clarke and it was his long ball that lead to the opening goal of the game. Cameron Netherwood-Meek collected it well before releasing the dangerous Wearn to smash past the Willen ‘keeper to give Town the advantage before the break.
Willen came out strongly at the start of the second half and drew level from the penalty spot- Louis Smith converting from 12-yards with aplomb. Town then won their own penalty as Lee Bell restored their lead before Wearn whistled an effort narrowly past the post.
It seemed as if that miss would come back to haunt Maidenhead as Willen upped the pace and equalised through Adam Boothe’s near post header. But Town retook the lead through Scott Cooper and this time they extended it further as pacey forward Adrian Manez wrapped up the game with a close range finish after the tireless Wearn put pressure on the Willen ‘keeper.
The final whistle followed to the delight of the Maidenhead players and supporters with captains Luke Krumins & Phil Lowe later lifting the trophy.
It tops off a superb season for the club with the first team earning promotion to the Thames Valley Premier League, the reserves finishing 4th in division 2 and the development team continuing to bring through some talented young players.
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