In an exciting final, AFC Hope beat Coventrians 4-3. Hosted by Coventrians, the final started badly with the early loss of a player, replaced by Josh Pointon. This turned out to have a silver lining, as Pointon was at the far post from a right wing cross and placed a shot into the top of the net with his first touch of the game.
Hope did not let up and after 15 minutes they doubled their lead when Coventrians failed to clear their lines from a corner and Alex Thompson volleyed in.
Things went from bad to worse for Coventrians when they went 3 down after 25 minutes. Andy Wilson-King received the ball on the left hand side and was not closed down. He decided to unleash a bullet shot from about 25 yards that flew past the keeper.
For the rest of the half, Coventrians attempted to get a foothold in the game and went in at half time with no further damage. John and the rest of his staff had the hard task of lifting his players for the 2nd half.
Whatever was said had a positive effect. A long kick from the keeper was nodded down by a Coventrians forward. Lewis Chester was advanced enough to pick up the 2nd ball, played a neat 1-2 with his forward and put it past the keepers left hand into the corner of the net.
The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides having chances. With about 15 minutes remaining, Coventrians lost possession on the halfway line. A quick through ball evaded the defence and Gary Yates produced a composed finish to play the ball over the keeper and into an empty net.
Despite the setback, Coventrians did not lie down. A few minutes later it was pulled back to 4-2 when a long throw towards the Hope area was pounced on by Robbie Wilden to put it past the keeper and gave renewed hope.
With 5 minutes remaining, a patient passage of play saw a through all played to Lewis Chester who unleashed a 1st time shot that flew in at the keepers near post and reduced the margin to 4-3.
Hope then had to play out a nervy last few minutes, but managed to frustrate Coventrians efforts at getting an equaliser and were much relieved to hear the final whistle.
Much credit to both sides for giving great entertainment. Thanks goes to James and Jack Strumildo and Kyle Green for officiating. Appreciation also to John and Jane Connolly for allowing use of the facilities at Coventrians and provided players and officials with lunch.