NO HAT TRICK OF FINALS FOR THE LEGENDS
Sadly, following a poor run of results in the Vets League Cup group stage, the Coign Legends will not be appearing in a third cup final in a row.
Our defence of the trophy that we’d won in each of the last two season got off to a reasonable start on 11th March, when we drew 2-2 away to the league’s new boys, Sunninghill. Whilst we didn’t play particularly well, our opponents put out a very strong side and we did well to match them with goals from the ever determined Mark Healy and Darren Clifton.
Two weeks later, playing away to Wheatsheaf, things seemed to be back on track. Goals from Mark Healy, Andy Carroll and Ian Crocker enabled us to register a 3-1 win. A week later again and we were at home to Stonechurch. Having to come from behind twice, we again managed a 2-2 draw, with goals from Andy Carroll and Neil Bantel.
Following these three results, we went into our last game in the group stage, knowing that only a win would do. Even with four regular players missing, the squad was strong and hopes were high. Unfortunately, our opponents, Refresh (Molesey) had not come to roll over. Indeed, a win for them would also give them a good chance of reaching the final.
Right from the kick-off we were on the back foot, our opponents taking the upper hand and playing in a manner that used to be second nature to us, a theme that was to continue for the whole game. We tried different formations to try to combat their play, but it just wasn’t to be our day. The end of the game saw us lose 6 (six) – 0, to a team we had beaten twice in the league. As mentioned above, this means that we will definitely not be in the final at Woking on 6th May. However, we still have one league game to go (22nd April) against Wheatsheaf and victory will mean we are league champions, so we still have work to do!