Burnbridge Under 12s are double champions!
Burnbridge U12s are celebrating after becoming League and Cup Double
Winners - their first cup win for 15 years.
Burnbridge faced high-flying Clevedon United on Sunday in the final
of the Woodspring league cup.
an exciting match, the final score was Burnbridge Wanderers 3, Clevedon
United 3 after extra time. The Burnham side went on to win 4-3 on
were wearing their new bright yellow kit for the first time since
sponsors Burnham Plastering Limited presented the club with the
strip just in time for the final.
began the game as under-dogs although the spectators said you would
never have thought of it as they started well, with a very high
pressing game and fast tempo.
looked nervous and it wasnt long before Burnbridge were 1-0
up after a fantastic move started by Keelen Woolacott who slotted
a fine pass to Leo James to cross an inch-perfect pass to striker
Charlie Crook for a header into the net.
Clevedon were ratteled which allowed Burnbridge to take full control
with some fantastic interchanging passing through the midfield,
solid defending and great leadership by captain Ben Jaminski in
pressure paid off and Burnbridge were soon 2- 0 up when Michael
Cooper scored a fantastic 25-yard free-kick that was too hot to
handle by the Clevedon keeper.
seemed to inspire Clevedon and they slowly took control of the game
and got their just-rewards before half time with a superb left foot
strike into the bottom corner of Jamanski's goal.
Half-time arrived, along with some tactical changes and an inspiring
team talk by Richie Crook.
took to the field knowing that they were in a battle and needed
to play at 100% to have any chance of winning.
started well and took control of the game, however the rock-solid
Burnbridge defence and last-ditch tackles from the midfield and
striker kept Clevedon at bay until 10 minutes from time when the
constant pressure finally paid off and they scored a headed goal
from a corner.
The final whistle went with the score closely poised at 2-2. Extra
time started and both teams looked tired. The first half ended in
a stalemate as both teams looked to be playing out a draw for penalties.
Clevedon started the second half of extra time strong and gave a
real push to try and score the winner and they nearly did after
a looping header that was set to go in until Michael Cooper somehow
headed the ball over the bar just before it crossed the goal line.
With two minutes to go Clevedons pressure paid off with a
goal after yet another corner came in and this time the ball was
headed home by the Cleavdon striker.
it was Burnbridge's turn to attack and they piled on the pressure
on Clevedons defence and goalkeeper. With 30 seconds left
and some tears already flowing, the ball was crossed in by Kru Parkinson
and the ball was handled by the Clevedon defender.
referee didnt hesitate to blow his whistle and gave Burnbridge
a penalty with the last kick of the game. Michael Cooper stepped
up to take the penalty and drove it low and hard to the keeper's
right who saved it superbly, but the ball bounced back towards Cooper
who slammed it into the net to score the goal and take the game
Penalties came and the advantage swung from Burnbridge to Clevedon
until the shoot-out went to sudden death.
Grant scored a superb goal into the top right corner of the net
meaning that Clevedon had to score to stay in the tie. The player
struck the ball perfectly, aiming towards the top corner although
Ben Jaminski was determined to save it and palmed the ball against
the cross bar and wide. Burnbridge had won the cup for the first
time in 15 years!
Wild celebrations followed and the cup was presented to Burnbridge
Wanderers Under 12s in front of a large crowd of supporters. Burnbridge
coach Richie Crook said: ". Well done to all the players involved
this season. We have now won the league and the cup to finish a
very successful season as double winners."
lads worked very hard to get the win by sticking to our tactics
and game plan and having a real desire to win."
to all the parents and our very generous sponsors Highbridge Caravans,
South West Rendering Limited and our new sponsors Burnham Plastering