FOOTBALL: Witham Wanderers win Grantham Sunday League Shield final from the penalty spot
Grantham & District Sunday League
Charity Shield Final
Witham Wanderers 3
(Witham won 5-4 on penalties)
It was an emotional start for both teams with the recent sad loss of Tim Smith, who had played for Witham for many years, and Totemic losing one of their directors, Derek Chick, and both in tragic road accidents. A minute’s silence was held in their memory.
Witham started strongly but soon found themselves a goal down to a neat finish from Paul Chappell.
But that just spurred Wanderers on and within 10 minutes they were back level from a back post header from Scott Selby, after a superb run and cross from Shane Munton.
It was end to end for the rest of the first and most of the second half until a solo run from Totemicsput them a goal up again.
But Witham never gave up and in the last 15 minutes piled on the pressure, creating chance after chance and, with time running out and with nothing to lose, pushed up Connor Hudson from right back who scored a header from a well-delivered Craig Moore free kick – with 37 seconds left on the clock.
Extra time was just as exciting end to end football. Witham were caught on the break and Chapell slotted home his second to make the score 3-2 to Tometic.
But minutes later, Witham were back at 3-3 after a brilliant solo run from young Scott Floyd who forced an own goal with a hard hit cross.
After a few minutes and a quick coin toss, the two teams were ready for penalties.
Totemic scored their first two as did as Witham captain Gary Measures and Simon Hollingsworth. Totemic’s third penalty was saved by Witham goalie Nathaniel Arnold who got a strong hand to the ball.
All Witham had to do now was not miss. Two more brilliant penalties from Floyd and Thom Hills kept Wanderers one in front and it went down to Danny Moore to take the fifth and he calmly walked up and blasted it into the back of the net. Emotional celebrations followed in memory of Witham’s good friend Tim Smith who would have loved to have been there.
Witham Wanderers expressed their thanks for the support that they received on the day, not only for the players but the family of Tim Smith who also attended.