AFC Tamworth stun four divisions higher North End Cosmos to reach City of Portsmouth Sunday League Challenge Cup final

AFC Tamworth stunned four tiers higher North End Cosmos to reach the final of the City of Portsmouth Sunday League’s Challenge Cup.

By Community Sport Reporter
Friday, 22nd April 2022, 9:27 am
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2022, 12:12 pm
Shepherds Crook (red/black) v Portchester Royals.

Picture: Keith Woodland (170421-109)
Shepherds Crook (red/black) v Portchester Royals. Picture: Keith Woodland (170421-109)

Tamworth - second in Division 5 - romped to a 3-0 win over their top flight rivals.

Joe Boxall took his tally for the season to an incredible 55 league and goals with a double, with Jamal Welch also netting.

The other semi-final finished with the same scoreline, Cosham Trades defeating AC Copnor with goals from Morgan Easen, Robert Grudinskis and Connor Smith. Archie Tanner turned in a man of the match performance for the winners.

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Shepherds Crook (red/black) v Portchester Royals Picture: Keith Woodland (170421-147)

The Challenge Cup final will take place on Sunday, May 15 (10.30am) at Havant & Waterlooville’s Westleigh Park.

North End Cosmos, though, do have a final to look forward to - they will face top flight champions Wicor Mill in the Buster Gordon Memorial Cup this Sunday, also at Westleigh Park (10.30am).

Wicor booked their place after a 3-1 victory against Freehouse Reserves last weekend, Bailey Steele (2) and Josh Holmes on target.

They are also through to a second cup final, in the City of Portsmouth Sunday League’s London Cup.

There they will face Shepherds Crook, also at Westleigh Park, on May 15 (2pm) after Crook’s 2-1 win over Portchester Royals.Crook put the disappointment of exiting the Hampshire Vase at the semi-final stage behind them with goals from Billy Green and Bayley Whitcombe.

In Division 3, Mother Shipton extended their lead at the top to 12 points with a 5-0 thumping of Cross Keys Athletic. Frankie Kemp took his seasonal tally to 24 with a hat-trick, with Robbie Fowler and Joe Stevens also netting.

Co-Op Dragons gained only their fifth Division 4 point from a 1-1 draw with AFC Bedhampton Village Reserves. Shaun Carter netted for the Dragons with Rory O'Malley replying.

A Mitchell Frost hat-trick for Friends Fighting Cancer A was still not enough to prevent leaders Watersedge Park winning 5-3. Paul Squibb and Bradley Street both struck twice, with an own goal completing the nap hand.

Dave Hatherley and Theo Porter both bagged trebles as Southletico thumped Saturn Royale 10-1 in Division 5. Steve Babbs (2), Dan Backhouse and Rob Bain also scored.

Compiled by Paul Oastler