Bishop Sutton were crowned as champions of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division for the first time….
….following Saturday’s 1-1 draw home with Willand Rovers.
A defeat for nearest challengers Brislington at home to Bridport on Thursday night ensured Lee Lashenko’s men went into the fixture guaranteed of top spot and the visiting players sportingly formed a guard of honour for them before kick-off.
The teams went on to produce an entertaining game for a decent crowd and Sutton wasted four good chances to open the scoring in the first half-hour.
Willand punished them by opening the scoring 5 minutes before the break, following up to score from a tight angle after Ashley Clark did well to parry a powerful shot.
Sutton had to wait until 3 minutes from time for their equaliser, the ever-industrious Pete Sheppard beating the wrong-footed Willand keeper thanks to a deflection.
After the final whistle, Western League officials congratulated a Sutton team with an average age of just 23 on their achievement and presented the cup – which bears such famous names as Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham and both Bristol clubs – and individual medals.