Poole hits late winner to complete comeback

Hook Norton celebrate their Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup victory NNL-150605-091814002
Hook Norton celebrate their Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup victory NNL-150605-091814002

Hook Norton produced an astonishing second half display to win the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup on Saturday.

The UHLSport Hellenic League side beat fellow Division One West outfit Lydney Town 3-2 in the final at Shrivenham where birthday boy Danny Poole grabbed the winner as Hooky overturned a 2-0 halftime deficit.

The Brewery Boys were missing two key players, skipper Dan Watkin who was suspended and striker Joe Eyre who was cup-tied.

Lydney took the lead after James Kear was bought down in the box. Kear got back up and took the resulting spot-kick only to see it saved by Kurt Fox but the rebound fell kindly to the striker who was left with a simple tap-in.

Lydney soon doubled their lead when a corner was headed goalwards by Pete Mackin, Fox saved the initial effort but defender Niall Halford was first to react and slotted home.

Hooky created very little but after the restart manager Joe Davies changed their formation and Jamie Wyatt replaced Sam Grant as they went with two strikers.

The change in formation made Hooky dangerous on the attack and they reduced the arrears on the hour mark when a corner from Dan Reeves was headed on by Nathan Bott for Harry Smith to score.

The pace and work rate of Marcus Green and Henry Rose caused the back four of Lydney all sorts of problems.

Hooky equalised when James Peppiatt’s long pass put Green away, Halford got back to head clear but only on to the back of his keeper and the ball ended up in the net.

With three minutes remaining Lydney failed to clear and Poole fired into the bottom corner of the net to complete an amazing turn around for the Brewery Boys.