IN their inaugural season Langland Sports won through to the Worcester League's Phipps Cup final after defeating Powick FC for the third time.


This cup semi-final turned out to be the hardest test that Powick had given Sports and the match result could have gone either way but for Sports' work rate and ability to overcome the Powick offside trap which secured a deserved victory.

Mark Newman yet again gave a superb display in the Sports goal making several first class saves during the game.

Good running from Sports' Gordon Mansell and Sam Dakin set up Dean Drinkwater who powered a right footed rocket just inside the post in the 20h minute to open the scoring and this stood until half time.

Powick equalised on the hour when Bryan Craven headed in a free kick at the far post and they should have taken the lead when Chris Jones fired wide from the best chance of the game.

Within minutes Sports grabbed their second following a corner that resulted in a goalmouth scramble from which Powick keeper Ben Chamberlain made two good saves but could not stop the effort from Stuart Harvey which proved to be the winner.

Langland Sports Club was set up to enable the youth of the area to play football at as high a standard as possible and the club would appreciate as much support as possible for the Phipps Cup final versus Oak Apple at the Worcester City ground on Monday, March 26, with a 7.30pm kick off, to help bring the cup back to Malvern.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Sports are due to entertain Spetchley Harriers at Dukes Meadow. Players meet at 1.30pm for a 2.30pm kick-off. Any problems ring Terry on 07811 578201.