Cliff Ellis Trophy joy for Tideswell United

Tideswell United celebrate their Cliff Ellis Trophy Final win over Buxworth. Photo contributed.
Tideswell United celebrate their Cliff Ellis Trophy Final win over Buxworth. Photo contributed.
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Cliff Ellis Trophy Final: Tideswell Utd 4, Buxworth 0

TIDESWELL United’s young side beat Buxworth 4-0 to lift the Cliff Ellis Trophy and complete a very impressive season.

Buxworth started the game the brighter with a lot of possession, while Jack Bradbury and skipper Dean Morris had early chances for United.

After 30 minutes United’s patience paid off as Nick Wilson’s dangerous cross fooled the keeper and found the back of the net.

Then Damian Wray smashed home his 23rd of the season after a superb ball from Jack Bradbury to give Tideswell a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The second period failed to sparkle as both sides struggled to keep possession, although United continued to create the better chances.

On the hour mark, Tideswell were denied a penalty after Wray was clattered twice in the Buxworth penalty area.

United introduced Charlie Johnson and Dave Lockwood into the action, and Lockwood made an immediate impact as he was brought down in full flow by Bart Walker. This time a penalty was awarded and Stuart Baker netted his 19th goal of a remarkable first season for the centre half.

Jack Bradbury added the fourth goal after a sublime through ball from Joe Muir released the youngster beyond the Buggy back line; Bradbury took one touch before expertly finishing into the far corner, giving the keeper no chance.

Steve Winterbottom’s introduction brought quality delivery and one superb cross saw Baker take the ball off Lockwood’s head as another chance went begging, but United finished worthy winners of the Cliff Ellis Trophy.

Tideswell: J Stanway, J Muir, A Swanson (C Johnson), S Baker, De Morris, L Robinson, N Wilson, Da Morris (S Winterbottom), D Wray, J Bradbury, D Hopkins (D Lockwood). Unused substitutes: T Crespin, J Bennett. Markovitz Man of the Match: Nick Wilson.