Strollers make good at Rugeley.
Both the Harsthill teams made a good account of themselves with the B team winning the 'Plate' and the A team winning the cup outright; but both after some rather indifferent performances; particularly the B team who lost all of the games in the qualifying round.
The tournament was run with two groups A & B; not to be confused with A & B teams sported by both Hartshill and Coleshill.
B Team's route to glory.
The opening game was versus Beacon, both sides had early goals disallowed for running, but Beacon ended worthy winners at 2 – 0. In the next game Strollers faced Coleshill A who turned out to be a very tough team, but Strollers held off well but eventually gave away a goal through defensive mistakes. Coleshill should have scored more but Strollers held out.
In the final game of the round Strollers faced Hindlip who went two up quite early on. Strollers only goal of the round was scored by John Moore in the dying seconds of the last game.
Finishing 4th meant Strollers would face Rugeley, who were second, in the first semi-final of the 'Plate' competition. Strollers ran out comfortable winners 3 – 0 with goals from Steve Edwards and 2 from Kevin Weston.
The 'Plate' final was contested by Stollers B versus Coleshill B; this was a tight match with both teams going close on occasions, but in the end it finished 0 – 0, thus going to penalties, Strollers ran out easy winners 3 – 1 with 3 superb saves by Dave Seddon.
Squad; Dave Seddon; Barry Geyton; Les Evans; Archie Jones; Andy Hewitt; Steve Edwards; Kevin Weston; Mike Burdis and John Moore.
Man of the match; Dave Seddon for his superb performance in the penalty shoot out.
A Team's route to glory.
The opening game was versus Walsall Leg Ends; this was a tight game throughout resulting in a 0 - 0 draw.
The second game was against Coleshill B, this was, for the most part, a one sided game with Strollers coming out 6 – 1 winners with Adrian Chilton netting 5 great goals and the other by Gary Davis, Coleshill scored a late consolation goal, but were out-played throughout.
The final game of the round for Strollers A was against Rugeley, whilst this was a tighter game Strollers ran out winners 2 – 0 with goals from Adrian Chilton and Adrian Heath.
In the cup semi-final Strollers faced Hindlip and ran out with a comfortable win 3 – 0 with goals from Adrian Chilton and 2 from Adrian Heath
The Cup Final saw Strollers meet Coleshill A; Strollers quickly took command and soon went ahead with a goal from Gary Davis and followed by goals from Adrian Chilton (2) and Adrian Heath. Coleshill scored a late consolation but were no match for Strollers on this occasion.
Squad; Gary Davis; Paul Roche; Eddie Tromans; Adrian Chilton; Adrian Heath; Dave Shaw; Mark Grazier and Reg Walker.
Man of the match; Adrian Chilton for his 9 goals.