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Herefordshire Schools FA win the Levon Yates Trophy against Walsall
4:30pm Wednesday 30th May 2012 in Sport
Herefordshire Schools FA 3 Walsall Schools FA 2.
HEREFORDSHIRE made history with their first ever win in the ESFA Levon Yates Trophy when they came from behind to gain a memorable victory.
Billy Beaumont was the Herefordshire hero at Solihull Moors’ Damson Park headquarters, keeping his nerve to fire home from the penalty spot two minutes before the break in extra-time.
Walsall began impressively and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 25 minutes.
Lewis Cooper’s miss-hit shot reached winger Ben Blackshaw who gave debutant goalkeeper Billy Fisher no chance.
Herefordshire responded in positive fashion as Walsall relaxed and, after Matt James, had dragged a shot wide, Callum Craddock surged on to a pass from Jake Robinson and was brought dow in the area by Walsall defender Connor Nelson.
Beaumont stepped up to smash the ball home.
Walsall again made a good start to the second-half and regained the lead in spectacular fashion.
Left-back Lewis Cooper found some space 35 yards out and let fly with a shot which flashed past the surprised Fisher.
Herefordshire, however, fought back again and the dangerous Jarrod Bowen supplied an excellent cross for James to slide the ball home.
Herefordshire looked the better side as the game moved into extra time and again it was good work from Bowen which brought the goal, drawing the foul which allowed Beaumont to score from the spot for the second time in the game.
After that, Hereford showed their quality in defence and held to allow captain Craddock the chance to lift the trophy.
It is the team’s second success in 12 months after they lifted the Wolverhampton Wanderers Trophy the previous year.
Manager Paul Bescoby and his assistant Dave Beaumont are now stepping down from their roles and wish to thank the players for their commitment and the parents for their support.