Hastings goal decides Good Friday battle

    CUP CHEER: Shepton Beauchamp players celebrate after beating Beaminster 1-0 in Good Friday’s Challenge Cup Final at Forton. Goal scorer Kris Hastings is pictured on extreme right. Photo by SBFC

    A THIRTY-ONE year wait was ended at Forton on Friday as a Kris Hastings goal saw the Perry Street League Challenge Cup return to Shepton Beauchamp.

    Beaminster 1 Shepton Beauchamp 0 (at Forton)
    THE towering Hastings rose highest to flick an Aaron Stayner free kick into towards the bottom corner where stretching Beaminster keeper Jamie Fry could only finger-tip the ball on to the post and into the net. George Pugson had a great chance to add a second when he headed wide after being picked out by a deep cross from Brad Pitman.

    Beaminster thought they had equalised when Rich Runyard got on the end of an outswinging cross from Lee Clark and thumped home a powerful header only to have his effort ruled out for offside – a decision which enraged the Beaminster players and officials.

    Shepton then squandered three great chances early in the second half including Jordan Brain making a hash of a close range chance after getting on the end of a Pugson cross. But it mattered not and Shepton had their hands on the cup once again.

    Winning Player Manager Doug Whitfield said: “We set up with a 4-4-2 line up and our attacking players worked tirelessly to stop Beaminster from playing. Once we had the lead it was all out keeping competitive with a high tempo. The Pitman brothers Brad and Ben were incredible in central midfield, despite being outnumbered. “Massive credit to our lads, everyone was brilliant.”

    A disappointed Beaminster boss Gordy Childs, was realistic, he said: “Some you win, some you lose. We’ll take it on the chin and move on. It wasn’t a great game for the spectators both sides cancelled each other out.”

    Regarding the disallowed goal, Childs said: “A mix of 50+ spectators don’t lie. With club linesman you expect it, but not with league officials.”

    Beaminster: Jamie Fry, Josh Baker, Lee Clark, Ryan Gall, Rich Runyard, Roger Cummings, Murray Legg, Gary Bulman, Shane Evans, Robin Jones, Rich Hebditch. Subs; Talin Ford, Jamie McClements.

    Shepton Beauchamp: Rich Pippin, Justin Sweet, Doug Whitfield, Aaron Stayner, Brad Pitman, Ben Pitman, Kris Hastings, Jordan Brain, Richard Crabb, Dan Smith, George Pugson. Sub; Pete Field.

    Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman's/View From group of titles. Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.