13th May 2023 - Les James League Cup Final - Sponsored by Boca Teamwear
Broadwell Amateurs captain Jordan Locke recieves the Cup from League Chairman Peter Langley
Broadwell Amateurs Les James Cup Winners 2022/23
Captain Jordan Locke held his nerve to convert two second-half penalties as Broadwell Amateurs hit back from a goal down to defeat Sharpness and lift the Gloucestershire County League Les James Cup.
Sharpness finished four places above Broadwell in the County League table this season and they led through Callum Dummelow's strike in first-half stoppage time.
During a cagey opening period devoid of clear chances, Sharpness goalkeeper Truan Taylor made one outstanding save to deny Jamie Belfitt in the 27th minute.
Substitute Kieran Bennett hit the post for Sharpness in the 52nd minute as Josh Loveridge's side looked for a second.
But the tie, played in front of a healthy crowd at Henbury FC in north west Bristol, began to turn in the 61st minute when Dan Brain was fouled in the box and Locke stroked his penalty into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1.
Suddenly it was all Broadwell and Brain saw a shot spooned away by Taylor before Nathan Davies lifted his effort over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat two minutes later.
Jack Watkins denied Dan Turner with a fingertip save at the other end and Broadwell took the lead in the 73rd minute when Ben Fishwick cleverly diverted Brain's corner from the left into the net.
Davies played Brain through on goal 10 minutes from the end and he was brought down by the advancing Taylor, who was shown a straight red card. Sharpness had already used all three of their substitutes, so long-serving outfield player Tom Paterson was forced to don the gloves.
The first thing Paterson had to do was face another Locke penalty and he was sent the wrong way as the Amateurs' skipper made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute.
Broadwell saw out the remaining eight minutes, plus an additional six minutes, to ensure they would be taking the silverware back to the Forest of Dean.
It was the start of a highly pleasing afternoon for their manager Chris Brain, who is a Notts County fan.
The Magpies defeated Chesterfield on penalties to win their National League play-off and a return to the EFL after a four-year absence.
Broadwell Amateurs: J Watkins, J Morton, K Skidmore, A Creighton, D Hudson, N Davies, J Locke (c), B Fishwick, E Wilkins, D Brain, J Belfitt. Subs: J Knight, M Foxwell, H Knight, T Blaby, B Schiller.
Sharpness: T Taylor, R Cawkwell, J Priday, C Dummelow, I Thurston, J Rouse, W Tainton, B Gibbins, D Turner, A Higgs, T Frankham (c). Subs: T Paterson, J Russell, K Bennett, W Lacey, J Higgs.
Referee: G McNulty. Assistants : S Thorne, A Boubrahmi. 4th Official : O Spender.
Published on Gloucestershire Live with additional Photos Here
Sharpness (Red) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue)- Broadwell first Penalty - Images courtesy Peter Langley
Sharpness (Red) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Broadwell second Goal Images courtesy Peter Langley
Sharpness (Red) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Broadwell second Penalty Images courtesy Peter Langley
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