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 M.A. Hart Hayward Cup Final  Thursday 14th March 2019



Gotham Winners Hayward 2019

GOTHAM RESERVES     2     NEW MILTON EAGLES     1     a.e.t.

Connor Picken’s strike in the second period of extra time gave Gotham Reserves the verdict 2-1 against Hayward Saturday League Division Two rivals New Milton Eagles in Thursday night’s M.A. Hart Hayward Cup Final at Hurn Bridge.

Eagles came into the game with a number of players missing through injury, including their ace marksman Justin Keeler.   They managed to take an excellent Gotham side to extra time though, thanks mainly to a heroic performance from goalkeeper Dale Wakefield who was a popular choice for “Man of the Match” by BHFL President Mike Fowler.

Wakefield denied Gotham time and time again with a series of excellent saves and his opposite number Steve Cannings also looked very assured when called upon to deal with headers from Lee Gilbert and Julian Smith in the early stages.

Most of the chances fell to Gotham though and Alex Hawey met Mark Jimmy’s cross with a diving header from close range which Wakefield dived to keep out.   The Eagles’ ‘keeper was then diving to parry Hawey’s header from Kieron Goldrick’s cross in the 27th minute.   Hawey looked certain to score as he pounced on the loose ball but his effort struck the post and rebounded into Wakefield’s arms.

The impressive Mark Claremont went on a brilliant solo run after 30 minutes and his cross from the left found Hawey but the Gotham front man fired inches wide with Eagles defenders desperately trying to cover on the line.

 Cannings came a long way off his line in the 37th minute to challenge for Spooner’s high ball into the Gotham penalty area with defender Aaron Bailie and Eagles’ Jim Vibert. The ‘keeper was stranded when the clearance went straight to Shaun Waterman 25 yards out whose blistering volley only just cleared the crossbar.

Picken was twice denied by Wakefield and when he did manage to steer Mark Jimmy’s through ball past the Eagles’ ‘keeper in the 60th minute, defender Lee Borley read the situation perfectly and chased back to clear the ball off the line.

The introduction of substitute Alex Rossi in the 72nd minute was to pay dividends for Gotham.   The breakthrough came in the 82nd minute when Goldrick put Claremont away down the left.  When the cross came over, Alex Rossi was on hand to side foot the ball home from close range with Wakefield not quite able to get enough on the ball the keep it out .

Eagles weren’t done yet through and they equalised three minute later when Shahed Miah delivered a corner kick to the far post and Shaun Miller met it with a header into the top corner of the net to take the tie to extra time.

Rossi, Hawey and Claremont all had shots turned behind by Wakefield in the first period of extra time before Hawey hit the post in the 108th minute and Rossi’s follow up effort was saved by the Eagles’ keeper.

The decisive goal came a minute later when Rossi played a high ball into the Eagles penalty area and, with Sam Quinn going down injured trying to clear it, Connor Picken was able to restore Gotham’s lead with an overhead kick that gave Wakefield no chance

Gotham were straight on the attack again with Bailey and Hawey combining well to set up Picken but his shot was brilliantly saved by Wakefield.

Then, five minutes from the end with Eagles committed to all out attack, Bailey broke away unopposed from inside his own half to run through and whack a 20 yard effort against the Eagles crossbar.


Gotham Reserves :  Steven Cannings, Ryan Malcolm (David Niven 100 mins), Kris Wilkins, Aaron Bailie, Warren Riley, Mark Jimmy (Alex  Rossi 72 mins), Adam Louka (Carl Charman 80 mins), Connor Picken, Alex Hawey, Mark Claremont (Matty Davitt 110 mins), Keiron Goldrick (John Bailey 60 mins)

New Milton Eagles

New Milton Eagles :  Dale Wakefield, Lee Borley (Lloyd Rixon 65 mins), Lee Gilbert, Tom Prior, SamQuinn (Liam Miller 109 mins), Shaun Waterman, Shahed Miah (Richard Parsons 110 mins), Jim Vibert, Aaron Hurdle, Jon Spooner, Julian Smith (Shaun Miller 65 mins).



Previous Winners:

Thursday 14th March 2019

Wednesday 24th April 2018

 Tuesday 18th April 2017

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 Tuesday 24th April 2018 at Hurn Bridge, Christchurch BMTH MANOR A 2 -4 TALBOT RISE
Talbot Rise winners Hayward 18
 Talbot Rise United : Terry Bridgewater, Tim Spicer (Elliott Blagrove 90 mins), Thomas Mallett, Niall Johnson, Jack Crutcher, Alex Rankin (Brandon MacKinley 90 mins), Sean Vincent Eaton, Nick Thomas, Matt Foley (Tylor Burgis 85 mins), James Bates

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Tuesday 18th April 2017 at Hurn Bridge  BOURNEMOUTH MANOR “A” 1-0 REDLYNCH & WOODFALLS UNITED RES 


Bournemouth Manor A : Jack Summers, Jake Baker, James Fraser, Liam Keogh, Greg Cooper, Nick Cooper, Kyle John-Clement, Mark Adams (Josh Thompson 67 mins), Lucas Walker (Callum Reeves 59 mins), Matt Bright (Craig Warren 59 mins), Ben Cole.

Redlynch & Woodfalls United Reserves : Lloyd Barr, Scott Jones, Troy Greaves (Michael Ball 57 mins), Anthony Rochester, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Voce, Sean Dempsey, Lee Johnson (Haydn Langdon 69 mins), Simon Dreyer (Josh Fryer 78 mins), Jimmy Greenough, Anthony Tinker.


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 Tuesday 26th April 2016 at Hurn Bridge    FC BAROLO 2     NEW MILTON ROVERS 1

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FC Barolo : Lewis Armitage, Keith Wood, Akeel Salih, Matthew Millar, Stuart Katon, Jhon Vera, George Hunter, Sasha Hashtroudi (Dan Pringle 93 mins), Harley Hashtroudi (Rooeen Farhadi 94 mins), Hesham Rakha (Seb Taghizadeh 84 mins), Rob Pyle.



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Thursday 12th March 2015 at M. A. Hart Stadium, Hurn Bridge     THROOP UNITED 3 BOLDRE ROYALS 1


Hayward Saturday Division Four promotion contenders Throop United emerged 3-1 winners from Thursday night’s McDonalds sponsored M. A. Hart Hayward Cup Final against Division Five champions Boldre Royals at the M.A.Hart Stadium, Hurn Bridge.

Throop opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Kieron Goldrick fired the ball into the net from ten yards out but Boldre equalised after 25 minutes when United cleared the ball to the edge of their penalty area where Josh Hambling was on hand to volley it through a crowd of players and into the roof of the net.

Alarm bells were ringing in the Royals defence on the half hour when John Bailey weaved his way through to whip a shot across the face of the goal and narrowly wide of the far post.

Bailey was Boldre’s tormentor again a minute before the interval when he was felled in the box by Liam Black and he took the resultant spot kick himself, drilling the ball clinically into the bottom corner of the net.

There was concern for Alex Hilliard early in the second half when he was poleaxed after a collision with United ‘keeper Steve Cannings but thankfully the Royals striker was eventually able to resume after treatment. Then Boldre lost the services of defender Liam Blake who sustained a shoulder injury which resulted in him having to be taken to hospital.

Royals had a golden opportunity to get on terms in the 58th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Alex Hilliard was brought down by Mark Wilkins. Unfortunately for Boldre, George Snudden’s spot kick was parried by goalkeeper Steve Cannings and the Royals substitute was unable to convert the rebound.

Harry Yates let fly with a fierce low shot from outside the penalty area that brought a superb diving save from Cannings in the 70th minute.

Royals goalkeeper Bob Vine had kept his team in the game with some excellent work between the post but he was beaten again in the 77th minute when Michael Lathe polished off Royals by slotting home United’s third goal.

Boldre Royals goalkeeper Bob Vine was chosen for the Man of the Match award by BDFA President Mike Fowler.


Throop United : Steve Cannings, Kris Wilkins, Chris Elkins, Mark Wilkins, Dave Niven (Phil Budden 62 mins), Mark Jimmy, Michael Lathe (Matthew Davitt 87 mins), Alex Mason (Francisco Rodriguez 62 mins), Matthew Jerrard, John Bailey, Kieron Goldrick.

Boldre Royals : Bob Vine, Rob Black, Liam Black (Adam Nash 54 mins), Rob Crouch, Brandon Page, Dan Cooper, Alex Hilliard, Harry Yates, Alex Duval (George Snudden 45 mins), Josh Hambling, Jack Sexton (Shaun Baker 80 mins).


M. A. Hart Hayward Cup Winners 2015 Throop United FC