Essex Senior League’s final match day of the 2010/11 campaign ended with Bank Holiday Monday honours going to….
….Stansted in the League Cup final showpiece hosted by Barkingside in front of a crowd of 469, including John Coventry and Colin McBride – the respective managers of East Thurrock United and AFC Hornchurch.
Terry Spillane’s Stansted were quick out of the traps and took the lead early after a marvelously crafted team goal after 8 minutes by skipper Andy Oxby, also the recipient of the man of the match award.
The third and final meeting of the league’s big two was basically decided before half-time. An in-swinging corner by Vinnie Durrant eluded all and sundry before going in, helped by the swirling wind, after 23 minutes giving the cushion at 2-0 before in first half added on time Dwight Gayle found even more brilliance in his locker – his free-kick from all of 35 yards beating the E’s custodian.
And the 3-0 interval lead remained the final scoreline.
Two excellent saves by keeper James May during the second period made sure that Stansted ended the season with silverware.
Despite what was, in all essence a really good team performance, vital experience was provided by central defender Scott Honeyball, who rolled back the years to state loud and clear that after days at Leyton Orient, league football in Finland and big time non-League action at Boreham Wood, he still has the desire and will-to-win.
Youngster Tommy Spillane, a model of consistency the left of defence, once again showed his appetite for big the games with another sterling performance, whilst ex-Bury Town man Danny Cornwell was involved in so much of his side`s good work, as he has been all season, and skipper Andy Oxby, a player with such an impressive CV, showed once again why he is held in such high esteem.
Manager Terry Spillane told Pitchero Non-League: “My players were magnificent today, and if anyone were in any doubt as to the ability of this side, they were answered emphatically this afternoon.
“We had big players ruled out of this game and although we are still swallowing the bitter pill of how our championship bid finally foundered due to off-field circumstances, this afternoon will go some way towards making up for it and reward for my players at the end of it.”
Long serving Chairman Terry Shoebridge echoed these sentiments, adding: “This is the first time we have lifted this trophy since 1984, and everyone was magnificent in our colours.
“It is a very proud day for all concerned at Stansted Football Club and for the league in general.”