Benevolent Trophy Final
Windermere SC v Appleby FC
Wednesday 18 April 2018
At Stable Thompson & Briscoe Stadium, Parkside Road, Kendal
Appleby won the Benevolent Trophy after a hard fought 2-0 win over Windermere in the final that was held at Kendal Town FC.
Windermere made a strong start, and looked dangerous in possession however while they played with confidence there was very little in the way of goal mouth action as Appleby defended well.
However as the first half went on Appleby began to control the game and created the better opportunities most notably through John Coward and Joshua Addison Adams.
Appleby opened the scoring midway through the first half when Joshua Addison Adams found time and space in the penalty area before shooting past Daniel Sykes in the Windermere goal.
From that point, Appleby saw out the first half, while Windermere continuously lost possession in the attacking third.
Half Time: Windermere SC 0 Appleby FC 1
Windermere looked more dangerous at the start of the second half as they began to get their shots off on goal with both Nathan Walker and Tom Routledge forcing Appleby keeper Joshua Richardson into action.
However Windermere missed a glorious opportunity ten minutes into the second half when Routledge saw his goal bound effort cleared off the line.
The near miss proved to be a pivotal moment in the game as Appleby made it 2-0 eighteen minutes before the end after Coward drilled an unstoppable free kick past Sykes.
Windermere’s Routledge almost scored a late consolation only to be denied by Richardson who pushed the ball over the bar.
However Appleby saw out the danger to win the Benevolent Trophy.
Full Time: Windermere SC 0 Appleby FC 2
Christopher Barnes, Daniel Birkett, Peter Booth, Steven Brown, Samuel Fletcher, Sam Harrison, William Lang, Connor McAvoy, Matthew Parkinson, Lewis Rands-Trevor, Tom Routledge, Daniel Sykes, Nathan Walker, Andrew Wilkin
James Addison, Josh Addison Adams, Tom Armstrong, Bobby Atkinson, John Coward, Jordan Crawford, Richard Faustino, Ben Jackson, Liam Kinnear, Anthony Lund, David Nugent, Tony Ousby, Josh Richardson, Dan Robinson
Referee: D O’Callaghan
Assistant Referee: C Mulhall and P McDonnell
4th Official: P Rushton
Report Courtesy of Richard Edmondson