Wycombe Wanderers triumphed in the Berks and Bucks Senior Invitation Cup with a 3-2 win over Maidenhead United in the final at Chesham United on Bank Holiday Monday.
Manager Richard Dobson’s starting line-up included a number of first-team players with defenders Marvin McCoy and Rob Kiernan joining Captain Alan Bennett in defence.
Also featuring were the midfield trio of Lewis Montrose, Kieran Murtagh and Matt Bloomfield.
Despite making a promising start the Magpies found themselves a goal down after just eight minutes when Bennett played in Murtagh on the left-hand side of the box and he gave ex-Wanderers goalkeeper Steve Williams the eyes and tucked the ball inside the near post.
A minute later and the Blues had doubled their lead when striker Oliver Taylor broke the offside trap and ran into the penalty area before squaring the ball to Bloomfield who side-footed past Williams and into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Wycombe then contrived to throw away their two-goal lead. McCoy’s dreadfully short back-pass was side-footed past Arnold by Ashley Smith and Lee Barney touched the ball over the line from all of a yard with 14 minutes played.
Maidenhead equalised on 27 minutes when Martel Powell worked space inside the box and pulled the ball back from the byline past Arnold giving Smith the simple task of tapping it into an empty net.
It had been an entertaining contest for the first 30 minutes but the next 60 were anything but and players on both sides looked like they were at the end of a long season.
Just as the 336 people in the crowd were getting ready for 30 minutes of extra-time the Blues were awarded a penalty when Bloomfield tried to skip past a challenge from Smith and was brought crashing to the turf.
Young Taylor stepped up and although Williams got a hand to the ball he could only push it up into the roof of the net. The referee blew his whistle as soon as the Magpies kicked off to signal victory.
Bennett was handed the famous old trophy and he held it aloft as Wycombe claimed their 28th triumph in the competition since first winning it 109 years ago.
Here’s hoping it’s the first of a hat-trick of celebrations this week.
Wycombe line-up: Arnold, McCoy, Dunne, Bennett, Kiernan, Montrose (Scowen 79), Murtagh, Bloomfield, Harris, Federico, Taylor.
Maidenhead line-up: Williams, Rose, Worsfold (Lataille, 46), Cox (Nichols, 55), Saroya, Nisbet (Scarborough, 69), Powell, Hendry, Louis, Barney, Smith.
In other news the club have taken on 17-year-old midfielder George Short on a short trial. He has been playing with Sydenhams Wessex League Division One side Fleet Spurs.