NCBC make history with Bishop's Cup final treble
By Keith Morris
Norwich Central Baptist Church created Norfolk Christian Football League history by winning a straight hat-trick of Bishop’s Cup final victories wins on Saturday May 3 while Meadow Way Chapel made their own history in the Shield final.
NCBC beat Kings Community Church 2-0 in the Bishop Maurice Wood Cup final at Mulbarton United’s Mulberry Park to collect the trophy for the third year in a row. They also beat Kings in last year’s final.
A crowd of around 80 saw NCBC start brightly and score a very early opener from a Matthew Price free kick outside the box. Kevin Finch went up for the header with a defender and got the first touch to beat keeper Chris Scott. to collect the trophy for the third year in a row. They also beat Kings in last year’s final.
It was a scrappy first half with few chances and both sides finding it hard to get the ball under control for long. It ended with a penalty for NCBC which captain Chris Morgan stepped up to take. Keeper Chris Scott made a great save low to his right to keep Kings in the game at half-time.
Kings seemed to up their game after the break and had a couple of clear chances. Ciaran McClellan
just missed the top right-hand corner with a chip over the keeper and substitute Chris Baikie
came on to go close twice.
NCBC put one hand on the trophy after around 65 minutes when David Meier latched onto a through ball inside the box and shot across the keeper into the bottom left-hand corner to put the holders 2-0 up.
Playing with more control now, NCBC nearly made it three with five minutes to go when a looping shot hit the foot of the post but bounced clear. But they had already done enough to earn their third cup win in a row.
Earlier in the day, Meadow Way Chapel created their own bit of history by beating Stalham Baptist Church 3-1 in the Wroxham Road Shield final at the same venue; their first final appearance and piece of silverware in 13 seasons as a club.
Meadow Way took a first-half lead through Neil Smith
and the game remained close until the final ten minutes when Drew Collins
put Meadow Way
2-0 up. Stalham replied through Neil Harris
but Neil Thompson
wrapped up the first-ever win for Meadow Way with a third goal in the final minute.
Meanwhile on Saturday, in the Norfolk Christian Men’s League, Proclaimers pulled off a great 5-2 win in their final match of the season against second-placed Witard Road to go four points clear at the top and give themselves a real chance of the title. Witard Road now have two games left in which to make up the four-point gap on Proclaimers and have a superior goal difference.
Next weekend, Saturday May 10, will see the Youth League finals, played at Thorpe High School's 3G Astroturf pitches. At 9am, Cringleford Hawks and Cringleford Harriers will contest the Under 12 cup and Broadland Lads and St Peter's Easton will contest the Under 14 cup. At 10am, Brooke Adventurers and Norwich Central Baptist Church will play in the Under 16 cup.
Spectators are welcome at all matches.
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Pictured is action from the Bishop's Cup final between NCBC in red and Kings in white. From top, the second goal from David Meier, the penalty save from Chris Scott, a close miss by Ciaran McClellan, goalmouth action and, below, captain Chris Morgan lifts the Cup as NCBC celebrate.