Following another hugely successful season in the XLCR Pendle Charity League – winning the Premier League and the Peter Shaw Trophy – Trawden FC became the fifth winners of the Bird Cup, a competition sponsored by Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
In a close and exciting final against Rosegrove Railway from the East LancashireFootball League, Jake Bancroft gave Trawden the lead in the third minute, capitalising in typical fashion following a defensive mix up.
Rosegrove, however, dominated possession for the remainder of the first half as they attempted to equalise, with Trawden playing superb counter attacking football.
However, they couldn’t peg Trawden back, and the Pendle side’s lead was extended 10 minutes after the re-start when Mark Youngfinished from close range after brilliant run and cross from Billy Crawshaw.
Once again Rosegrove responded well and dominated possession, and were rewarded in the 64th minute when Connor O’Neill scored with an excellent solo effort to reduce the arrears.
Trawden then had to withstand intense late pressure from the Burnley-based side, but a combination of missed chances and excellent defending secured a 2-1 win for Trawden, with their goalkeeper Wayne Greenwood in great form.
The guest of honour, Philip Caine the Chairman of the XLCR Pendle Charity Leaguenominated Connor O’Neill from Rosegrove Railway as the man of the match and presented the trophies to the finalists.