Spartan South Midlands League
Published 10th May 2012
....for the first time in their history, beating Evo Stik League Southern Division One Central side Biggleswade Town 4-1 at Stotfold`s Roker Park.
Manager Lee Bearman was naturally delighted: “What a great night! Half the village turned out to support us in our first cup final win for twenty-five years and we didn`t disappoint.
“As always, it`s tough picking the squad for a cup final and we chose five or six before eventually starting with a 3-4-3 formation. A bit of a risk maybe against a team who are two divisions above us, but I just thought if we could get close to them in midfield and at the back we could win the ball back further up the pitch and cause some damage.
“The first half more or less went to plan apart from being one-nil down to a great strike. It was a bit scrappy and at half-time we spoke about how they had won this trophy seventeen times and we had never even been in the final and who wanted to put their name in the club`s history book as winners?
“The second half we tightened up a couple of players` positions and it worked much better. Seb Simpson equalised on 55 minutes following a great run from Stuart Reynolds and top scorer Nat Peacock got the second on 61 minutes. Sam Evans then finished well after a one-two with Peacock in the 67th minute then Peacock rounded off a devastating 15 minute period with the fourth with his head from a Tom Damon corner.
“The second half we showed what we could do. We did it in the last to rounds of this competition. Against Stotfold we got three in the second half and in the semi-final SIX!
“We changed it around a bit during the second half, starting 3-4-3 then playing 3-5-2 for 10 minutes, finally ending the game with 4-4-2.
“Not only did we get it right on the pitch we also did our homework off it.
“It was a fantastic night for our young team, six of the lads who started were under-19. It topped of a good season for us and there will be a few clubs contacting our young lads for next season I`m sure.
“Although my priority is Cranfield United it would be great to see some of them go on to better things. If we can keep them together and obviously add a few in the summer then who knows, but for now the cup win will, I`m sure, live long in the memory of half the village that turned up, and hopefully it won`t take another 25 years to win another one.”