Kent (0) 2 Goals: Snelling (61), Rudd (pen) (70)
Hampshire (0) 0
Kent over 60s overcame a dogged Hampshire side to win the EH Over 60 plate on Finals weekend at Lee Valley. This erased the disappointment experienced in the final four years ago.
Kent started well, but some good early chances were not taken. This allowed Hampshire to compose themselves and for a period looked the brighter side. During this time they also had a goal disallowed. However, Kent soon got back into their stride and started piling on the pressure at the end of the half. Half time score 0-0.
In the second half Kent had a goal disallowed within the first 3 minutes, but from then on dominated the game. Hampshire defended doggedly and did occasionally look dangerous on the odd break, but Rutherford, Brazier & Oakes soon smothered out these threats. Bardsley and Carver had complete control of the middle and with Snelling leading the front line well, the game was for the taking, but that elusive goal still would not come. With fifteen minutes to go a slight tactical change and good patience saw Kent start to really stretch the Hampshire’s defence. With Rudd, Robinson and Johnson in full flight they were creating considerable trouble. Eventually Snelling broke the deadlock with 9 mins to go, when he pinched the ball off a defender and coolly slotted the ball past the keeper. With the clock running down Rudd made sure of the title putting away a penalty stroke.
Three players, who had been prominent in all previous rounds, were unavailable for the final. Ali Hay, captain, and Bob Beaumont were off playing for their respective countries in the Celtic Cup, and Barry Mills. All need to be included in the side’s success.
The Squad for the Final: –
Peter Austin (gk), Ian Insley (gk), Nigel Bardsley, Dave Brazier, Nick Burdge, Richard Carver, Jack Edmonds, Chris Hendy, George Johnson, John Maylam (capt), Charlie Oakes, Henry Robinson, Mike Rudd, Tony Rutherford (v-cpt), Roger Snelling