CHRIS Larson was the hero as Highfield Athletic bounced back from disappointment to claim the Chester & District League Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy on Saturday.
Larson hit a hat-trick, including the extra-time winner, in the 4-3 victory over plucky Drury Electrical Wholesalers Division Two outfit Neston Nomads (Mark Bentley, Rob Cottrell, John Lloyd).
Graham Tomlinson completed the scoring for League Cup winners Highfield, whose hopes of a treble were dashed in midweek after Helsby took their Queensferry Sports Premier Division crown away from them.
Newton Bears drew the final top-flight game of the season on Monday 1-1 at home to Sutton Way Villa. Joey Waters netted for Newton, who had won 3-1 at AFC Bebington Athletic Reserves on Saturday courtesy of Liam McGovern’s hat-trick.
City Bar (Josh Jones, Jamie McElwaine, Matty Decosta) matched that scoreline at Crossway (Mike Bona).
Hoole Rangers Reserves (Andy Cross, Vince Eccles, Tom Ashley) went down 6-3 at Kelma in Division Two before Neston (Lloyd, Bentley 2, Richie Foulkes) won 4-1 at home to Frodsham Vets on Monday to ensure they finish second.
The Olympic Trophies Division One programme came to a close last Wednesday with Highfield Athletic Reserves winning 5-1 at home to Netherton SC thanks to Dan Connolly (2), Wayne Reading and Jason Perry (2).