THE BIG MATCH - Orleton Colts 2 Tenbury United 1

A CROSS-come-shot from Orleton’s Kyle Whitticase was enough to seal his side’s second cup success in a matter of weeks as Orleton held off a spirited Tenbury United fightback to lift the Leintwardine Cup.

It was Tenbury who could have taken the lead in the first minute, however, as Ian Patterson blazed over from just two yards after the ball had dropped to him following a goalmouth scramble.

Tenbury were made to rue that missed opportunity as early as the fourth minute as Shane Jennings pounced on a poor clearance from Tenbury’s goalkeeper Jason Griffiths, to calmly slot the ball home into an empty net.

From then on, Tenbury looked to dominate the remainder of the half, creating a number of good chances to draw level.

And on the half-hour Mark Patterson, making amends for his earlier miss, found himself on the end of a Ryan Morris cross to tap home to send the teams in level at the break.

Orleton came out flying at the start of the second half and had a couple of decent chances to break the deadlock before Whitticase swung in a cross which floated over Griffiths and dropped neatly into the far corner of the net.

Tenbury through everything they had at getting the equaliser but a resolute Orleton defence stood firm and ensured that they would be going home with the cup.

To read more of the big match, including pictures, see this week's Hereford Times.


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