Hessle Rangers Sunday Reserves secured the Vice President Cup after a 5-0 victory over Bizspace FC Firsts at the Roy West Centre. A brace by Tom Atwood and further goals from Lee Brown, Steven Clarke and Felix Frost secured the prestigious trophy for Hessle in a well competed fixture.
It was Hessle who started the brightest as Frost headed wide from a Clarke Brown corner, before Connor Watson tested Lee Brown in the Bizspace goal. Hessle then took the lead on the sixth minute as Brown drilled his low shot into the bottom corner to open the scoring. Bizspace looked to respond immediately as Shane Brandshaw’s cross was nearly diverted goal wards by the diving Tarik Sidki.
Tom Hance then headed over after a good team move on the right wing, before Jak Carmicheal tested Luke Johnson with his curling effort. In the other goal, Brown produced two stunning saves to deny Hessle’s Brown twice with acrobatic saves, before the midfielder hit the crossbar with a thunderous effort.
However, Hessle weren’t going to be denied moments later as Brown’s shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Clarke, who tapped in the rebound from close-range. Six minutes later and it was 3-0 as Harry Jowes’ free-kick was diverted in by Frost to give Hessle a healthy advantage at half-time.
In the second half, it was a very well contested half for the opening twenty minutes with plenty of chances for both teams. Harry Watts and Liam Allerston dragged shots wide for Hessle while Tom Williams tested Johnson from range with his free-kick.
Atwood then forced Brown into a good save with his feet, after the striker beat Williams for pace, before at the other end, Brown produced a stunning diving save to beat Williams’ free-kick away. Hessle then had a goal chalked off for offside in a goalmouth scramble, before they managed to score their fourth. Good build-up play on the left created space for Atwood to curl a low effort into the far corner.
Brown in the Bizspace goal kept the scoreline down and produced another great block to deny Brown once again, before Jack Langley saw his effort blocked by Yan Bennett. Bizspace thought they managed to get a goal back through Williams’ drilled free-kick, but the outstretched leg of Johnson denied the defender.
In stoppage time, Hessle managed to score a fifth as Watson’s corner was punched away by Brown, but Atwood was quickest to react to the rebound who rifled in his second of the afternoon and secure his side the Vice President Cup.
HESSLE RANGERS SUNDAY RESERVES: 1. Luke Johnson (GK), 14. Steven Clarke, 4. Harry Jowes, 17. Felix Frost, 3. Jack Lawson, 8. Matthew West, 6. Lee Brown, 12. Harry Watts, 16. Clarke Brown, 10. Tom Atwood, 7. Connor Watson. Rolling Substitutes: 11. Artur Macjauskas, 2. Jack Langley, 5. Adi Norman, 15. Liam Fyvie, 9. Liam Allerston.
BIZSPACE FC FIRSTS: 1. Lee Brown (GK), 2. Yan Bennett, 5. Ben Kendal, 4. Tom Williams, 20. Shane Brandshaw, 8. Jak Carmicheal, 18. Tom Hance, 11. Luke Shearsmith, 17. David Bellamy, 19. Ryan Chamberlain, 7. Tarik Sidki. Rolling Substitutes (Not Numbered): Chris Smith, Chris Hodgeson, Ian Hughes, Sean Rouen, Steve Stacey.
MATCH OFFICIALS: Luke Tompkins (Referee), William Teasdale & Andrew Lea (Assistant Referee’s), James Daniel (Fourth Official)
Hessle Rangers Sunday Reserves Joint Manager Paul Johnson:
“After three months, we’re delighted that the final against Bizspace could go ahead and I have to say well done to both teams and the East Riding FA to get the game on. I think we started on the front foot and Lee Brown scored a clinical finish to put us 1-0 ahead.
“For a twenty minute period, the game was back and forth and Bizspace held their own until Steve Clarke slotted a second for us after a clinical assist from Lewis Jones. We were on the front foot from there and it showed as Felix Frost scored a third before half-time.
“The second half seemed to continue in the same vein and we scored two more goals through Tom Atwood. It was our second cup final in three seasons in men’s football and we have won them both which is great and it gives us a target to do it again.”