Villagers land one of world’s oldest cups

Stewkley beat ADL side Wingrave 4-2 to be crowned Oving Village Cup champs on Bank Holiday Monday.

Despite the historic cup being more than 120 years old, the match saw a couple of firsts for the competition.

Stewkley celebrate their Oving Villages Cup win

Stewkley celebrate their Oving Villages Cup win

It was the first time the final had not been held on Easter Monday and it was also the first time the competition had been overseen by a female official.

Stewkley took control of the game early on, going 1-0 up after five minutes.

It wasn’t until halfway through the half that Wingrave started to get more into the game and after a succession of corners they equalised.

The game then settled down until just before half-time when Wingrave were caught out, they were expecting a free-kick but the referee played on, which allowed the Stewkley winger a free run on goal to make it 2-1.

After half-time Stewkley again started the better and quickly increased their lead, although there seemed to be a question of offside, but again the goal stood. Wingrave were now getting caught on the break and Stewkley soon made it 4-1. The ADL side didn’t give up and managed to pull a goal back but for all their efforts they couldn’t get a third to put the pressure on Stewkley.

It is the first time Stewkley have won the trophy since 2002/03. A spokesman for the competition said: “A big thank you to all the clubs for playing the games in a short space of time to get to this stage, and a word of thanks to the officials, Adrian Gillett, Lauren Tuxford and Andy Howarth.

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