would join Krwiodawcy in the Plate Final? The
two teams set to do battle were FC Dad's Club
and Bure Park Old Boys. Only a few moments ago,
at the end of the group phase, we had the latest
chapter of games between these clubs. It was
a classic, could we dream of another such thrilling
2017: Saga Louts 5-0 The Special Ones
2018: Bure Park Old Boys 1-1 The Special Ones
2019: Bure Park Old Boys 3-0 FC Dad's Club
2022: Bure Park Seniors 4-5 FC Dad's Club
the “Old Boys” succeed where the “Seniors” could
not? They got off to the perfect start with
an Ian Mansley goal but were soon pegged back
by Mark Ashurst. Ian Mansley restored the 2-1
lead but Ashurst again cancelled it out to make
it 2-2 at half-time (as it was for Bure Park
Seniors v FC Dad's Club).
Johnson put Bure Park Old Boys ahead for a third
time after the break before FC Dad's Club equalized
for a third time thanks to Rob Evans. Neil Collett
put FC Dad's Club ahead for the first time as
this game was proving to be just as much of
a see-saw contest as game against the “Seniors”.
Matt Johnson already had a hat-trick today and
he was to secure another as he swung the game
back in favour of Bure Park Old Boys, 5-4. Talking
of hat-trick heroes brings us to Mark Ashurst
who completed his third hat-trick of the day
to level it up at 5-5. It was perhaps only fitting
that a penalty shoot-out was required to settle
Evans, Tej Mahal & Mark Ashurst were all
successful for FC Dad's Club whilst Ian Mansley,
Matt Johnson and Dave Tyrell were all successful
for Bure Park Old Boys. We were still locked
together and would go into sudden death. James
Davidson (FC Dad's Club) and Nathan Vicentijevic
(BP Old Boys) kept the success rate at 100%.
Max Croce would be the unfortunate man to miss
the first penalty but it was less of a miss
and more of a save as Darren Campo diving to
his left pushed the spot kick away to safety.
It gave Chris Weedon the opportunity to win
it for his team – no pressure! Weedon duly obliged
and his team had a final to prepare for.
commiserations to FC Dad's Club – they'd been
superb today and they had given us some sensational
games a 4-3, a 5-4 and now a 5-5. Pure box office!
personal level, many congratulations to Mark
Ashurst who finished as the top scorer in the
tournament with an impressive haul of 10 goals.