Memories like these

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A DANNY South penalty and a Tommy Needham strike saw Memories lift the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA Sunday Junior Challenge Cup.

The Mexborough side earned a much-deserved 2-0 win over a rough-and-tumble Wincobank Forum side at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Wincobank were reduced to ten men early in the second half but still gave Memories plenty to think about and refused to let them run away with the game.

They started the game the better with striker Matthew Dodd causing the Memories defence all sorts of problems with darting runs down the left wing.

Dodd burst down the left and floated a cross which was just too high for Ashley Blake which James Waite could not control when the ball dropped to him at the far post.

Wincobank shouted for a penalty a few minutes later when Jamie Smith sent a free kick into the area and cries of handball went up.

But Memories never looked back and enjoyed large spells of possession without creating any clear cut chances as Wincobank put men behind the ball.

Frustration began to take its toll with Cade Corker booked for kicking the ball away.

But Wincobank would not stay out of the referee’s notebook, albeit for more aggressive offences with Blake booked for a rash challenge on Jamie Carr.

The best chance of the half came just before the break when Needham lobbed over the Wincobank back line to Corker who failed to get enough on his stabbed effort.

Ten minutes into the second half Memories took the lead.

Jamie Smith was adjudged to have brought down skipper Michael Harris inside the box with referee Phillip Jones pointing straight to the spot.

But it was Joseph Thompson who was sent off for his part in the fierce protests afterwards.

Defender South stepped up and drilled the ball straight down the middle with keeper Daniel Bates having no chance as he dived to his right.

Memories pushed for a second but Gareth Pashley volleyed Michael Harris’ cross straight at Bates.

Dodd, Josh Gibson and Chris Jackson all went close as Wincobank pushed for an equaliser.

But it was the Mexborough side who grabbed the vital goal when Needham raced clear of the Wincobank defence and lofted the ball over the on-rushing Bates to secure the win.

Harris received the trophy from Mike Haslam of sponsors Taylor and Emmet, having previously lifted the cup for Mexborough Corner Pocket nine years ago alongside team mates Gareth and Richard Pashley.

Memories: Ben Dringe, Jamie Carr, Danny South, Ben Pankovics, Ricky Bate, Thomas John, Tommy Needham, Brett Bate,Michael Harris, Cade Corker, Gareth Pashley.

Subs: Michael Higgins, Steve Brooks, Richard Pashley, Jamie Brearly, Jamie Deakin.