Comeback sees Leverton lift the Sports Cup

Leverton lift the Sharman Burgess Sports Cup.
Leverton lift the Sharman Burgess Sports Cup.

Leverton SFC lifted the Sharman Burgess Sports Cup after coming from behind to beat Railway Athletic.

This unique occasion saw the two title-winners from the Boston Saturday League’s lowest two divisions clash at Boston Town’s Tattershall Road Ground in the league’s premier cup competition.

And the two teams certainly didn’t fail to serve up an enthralling encounter as they produced some excellent football throughout, which will serve them both well in their new divisions next season.

Railway, winners of Division Three, and probably the underdogs on the night, rocked Leverton by taking a 2-0 lead before the Division Two champions clawed their way back into the contest, snatching a late winner to run out 3-2 victors.

Railway started well and striker Liam Nimmo headed over the bar from a left-wing corner before Leverton frontman Andy Brown collected a high ball at the other end, firing in a low shot which was smothered by goalkeeper Chris Moore.

Railway took the lead after 15 minutes when Nimmo surged his way into the right-hand side of the box before crossing low into the six-yard area and, although a Leverton defender deflected the ball away from goal, the ball fell invitingly for Brandon Norman, who swept the loose ball home.

Railway went further ahead five minutes later when Nimmo’s low shot on the turn was blocked by a defender to the edge of the box where Billy Shinn wasted no time in hammering home a fierce drive high into the net.

Leverton recovered from their shaky start and they reduced the arrears in bizarre circumstances when a corner was caught by the keeper but, as he fell to his knees, the ball squirmed over the line.

Railway still looked dangerous and Dean Stevens flashed a shot just wide.

Leverton’s leading goalscorer Dom Goddard then started to cause problems before the break.

First he curled in a superb shot from out on the left which just crept wide of the far post and then he drilled a low shot which Moore collected on his knees.

Goddard was not to be denied, however, when he flashed home a superb low shot into bottom left-hand corner following a lofted ball from the right flank.

At the other end, Damian Gibbons was also looking sharp and, following a mazy run and cross, the ball was headed just over the crossbar.

Railway continued to look dangerous and a corner after the break saw Leverton hack the ball away from close in before Andy Brown had a golden chance on the hour mark to edge his side in front when he burst clear but, after lifting his shot over the advancing keeper, the ball drifted wide.

It was still end to end as Danny Woods weaved his way through tackles in the box before unselfishly pulling the ball back instead of shooting and the ball was cleared and the same player then hooked a snap-shot just over following a free-kick out on the left.

Leverton’s Goddard was closely shackled during the second half and this was typified when he broke clear but Jack Carter’s superb last-ditch tackle rescued Railway.

Moore came to his side’s rescue with a tremendous save diving to his left to keep out Jobe Stainton’s well-struck shot from the edge of the box.

Railway started to show glimpses of fatigue during the final 10 minutes and Leverton sensed their chance when Brown broke clear and, although Chris Moore half-blocked his progress, the ball fell invitingly for the striker to run the ball into the empty net for the winner.

Sharman Burgess director Andrew Pears presented the trophies to both teams, with the man of the match award going to Leverton central defender Marc Hipwell.

In the league’s final match, Spalding Harriers won 4-1 at Holbeach Bank in the Taylors Ford Division Two.