Bramham Reserves clinch JB Walls Trophy with last minute winner

Bramham Reserves lift cup - by Antony Pedel
Bramham Reserves lift cup - by Antony Pedel

Bramham Reserves clinched the JB Walls Trophy on Sunday in dramatic style thanks to Alex Gregory’s last-minute winner.

The Reserves side came into the final at Bardsey as underdogs against Harold Styans, who sit two places and six points above them in Division Three of the Claro League.

However, it was Chris Cannon’s side who took the lead thanks to a Ryan Dowson strike but Gaz Hespin looked to be taking the clash to extra time with an equaliser for Styans five minutes from time.

While both managers were preparing for a further 30 minutes, Gregory had other ideas as he was the quickest to react from a late corner to give the reserves the silverware in the club’s first ever final.

Cannon praised his side’s character and determination to keep pushing until the final whistle and said that ‘you can’t beat a last minute winner’.

He said: “It was a great feeling after the match. It’s an absolutely fantastic result for us and a great win for the club.

“There were a few nerves in the camp before the game. Some of our players had played before in finals but for others it was their first time.

“It’s a brand new team this season and we had got to a semi final the week before but unfortunately we got beat. Thankfully, this Sunday, against a very good team, we managed to get the right result.

“It was a very close game and the nerves definitely did get to us. It was a nervy time but it was great for us to get the last minute winner and the celebrations went from there.

“They scored in the last five minutes of the match when we were getting tired. We were preparing for extra time but we managed to force a corner and then got the goal.

“They’re a fantastic set of lads and from start to finish they had been great. There was some great football played and for us to keep going and get the winner was fantastic.

“For myself it’s the first time that I have won anything as a manager. We had some great celebrations after the game and I’m hoping that it will be the first of many for this club.”

With just two games remaining in Division 3, Cannon is hoping that his side can build on their success in the cup for next season.

He added: “It seems like we’re going in the right direction and fingers crossed we can have another cup day.”