Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup joy for double-winning Bilsthorpe Celtic

Bilsthorpe Celtic v Plough Barflies.'Bilsthorpe celebrate their second goal.
Bilsthorpe Celtic v Plough Barflies.'Bilsthorpe celebrate their second goal.

BILSTHORPE Celtic did the Chad Mansfield Sunday League proud as they won the Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup 4-3 in extra-time against Hucknall side Plough Barflies at Rainworth MW’s Kirklington Road on Thursday.

And they then made it a double cup-winning weekend as they saw off Linden Jacques 2-1 to win the Chad Sunday League’s Kevin Rowan Trophy three days later.

In a thrilling county final for a crowd of over 350, laced with brilliant goals, Celtic went 2-0 up, 3-2 behind, levelled and then striker Gavin King rifled a 20-yard winner into the roof of the net 12 minutes into the extra half-hour.

A through-ball caught the Barflies’ backline flatfooted and impressive frontman Julian Topliss outpaced centre-half Lenny Jenkins before crashing home after just three minutes.

It was 2-0 on 17 minutes when goalkeeper Aaron Wilby, under pressure, was unable to hold on to a corner, allowing centre-back Cliff Clark to ram into an unguarded net. Barflies’ misery deepened when assistant manager Sean Melbourne, angry that the referee had not blown for a foul on Wilby, was sent off for an abusive rant from the sidelines.

However, they grabbed a lifeline five minutes later when a harmless-looking corner from the right somehow found its way across the face of goal for Richard Harrison to bundle the ball home from close range.

Bilsthorpe responded with a shot from winger Aaron Wallis that rattled a post. But Barflies levelled four minutes from the interval with a magnificent goal fit to grace any cup final. A cross from the right was partially cleared to man-of-the-match Harrison, who unleashed a whiplash of a right-foot volley from fully 30 yards that whistled into the bottom corner.

The second half was quieter, but Barflies were in dreamland in the 66th minute when snatching the lead. Tremendous work by David Marlow set up top scorer Joe Ashurst, who sidestepped a defender before clipping a shot past advancing keeper Dale Shepard.

The advantage lasted just eight minutes as Bilsthorpe star man Topliss, who plays for Shirebrook Town in the Northern Counties East League, pulled another gem from his locker. This time he lashed home the sweetest of left-foot strikes after good work down the right by substitute Youndry Depass.

The match remained evenly poised. But either side of the winning goal, Barflies were left cursing two crucial misses.

More silverware was heading Celtic’s way on Sunday with victory in the CMSL Premier Cup. Topliss and Barker put them in charge in the first half with Jacques only able to reply with a single goal.

Depass was named man of the match.

PREMIER CUP FINAL (KEVIN ROWAN TROPHY): Linden Jacques 1 (M. Carter), Bilsthorpe Celtic 2 (J. Topliss, L. Barker).

PREMIER DIVISION: Langwith Jug & Glass 4 (D. Middleton 2, S. Docwray, R. Collier), AFC Teversal 5 (D. Cockerill 2, C. Cockerill, R. O’Callagham, J. Hudson).

DIVISION ONE: Smith St. Sorted 0, Old Mill 3 (K. Tranter, S. Clarey, T. Price); Beaufort United 5 (R. Walker 2, D. Marriott, G. Mercer, N. Stevenson), Shirebrook RBL A 2 (C. Philips, K. Roberts).

DIVISION TWO: Tint My Ride UK 1 (H. Bill), Shirebrook RBL B 0.

DIVISION THREE: South Forest 6 (B. Lyons 2, A. Boddy 2, L. Boddy, C. Powell), Kings Arms 0; Kirkby Cross Snooker Hall 3 (D. Gregory 2, L. Mason), PSV Woodhouse 4 (J. Harbor, B. O’Neil, L. Wilson, M. Smedley).

DIVISION FOUR: The Star 1 (M. White), FC T’Maypole 10 (W. Hatfield 4, D. Hogg 3, M. Lanckham, J. Orton, JJ. Flint); Derwent 0, Bull Farm 2 (Brudzinski); Shirebrook RBL C 4, Linneys 1.