Saints march off in style

Mexborough Rovers' Stephen Elsey (right) puts in a tackle on Armthorpe's Cameron Welch.
Mexborough Rovers' Stephen Elsey (right) puts in a tackle on Armthorpe's Cameron Welch.

WATH St James Under 18s marked their final game as a group in the best possible style – by winning the Charles Rice League Cup.

A 3-2 win over Leeds outfit Colton provided the perfect conclusion to a 12 year era.

The Saints went into the game as underdogs after suffering two heavy defeats to Colton in the league this term.

But it was the Wath side who settled first in the blustery conditions.

Joe Formby, Liam Hadfield and Niall Cairns all went close while Alex Rowe drilled a long range free kick narrowly wide with the keeper well beaten.

Colton attempted to play their usual passing game but Sam Booker in the heart of the Wath midfield proved a constant thorn in their side.

Jack Waldron thought he had opened the scoring after latching onto Rowe’s long throw but his effort crashed off the upright.

The Saints suffered a sucker punch right on half–time when Colton took the lead from a corner.

Wath wasted little time after the break in drawing level.

After a succession of long throws, Joe Formby was the first to react in a crowded penalty area to force the ball home.

Rowe went close with a powerful drive 15 minutes later while Jack Hakin headed wide from the resultant corner.

Colton tried to catch Wath on the break as they pushed forward but failed to finish their chances.

Wath’s breakthrough came when Jack Waldron was impeded in the area, presenting Cairns with the perfect opportunity to drill them ahead from the spot.

But Colton quickly drew level from a glancing header, creating a nervous finale.

Saints keeper Chris Jones produced a point blank save to deny a sure winner for Colton.

The victory was almost sealed in spectacular style when Jack Waldron attempted an audacious overhead kick from Cairn’s cross.

His effort bounced back off the woodwork but Liam Hadfield reacted superbly to slot the rebound away.

*A VALIANT effort for Mexborough Rovers Under 14s ended as they lost the League Cup final replay against a record breaking Armthorpe Rovers side.

The Mexborough side had proved a highly resolute opponent for the higher league side, taking them to a replay with a 1-1 draw in the initial staging.

But Armthorpe proved too strong in the replay and ran out 2-0 winners which sealed a fourth straight silverware treble.