REVENGE tasted sweet for Upton AA as they held their nerve to beat Chester Nomads in a tense Chester & District FA Senior Cup final on Friday night.
Upton went down to their West Cheshire League neighbours 3-0 in last year’s showpiece and looked set to be heading for defeat once more when defensive rock Andy Lloyd was sent off in the first half for a professional foul.
Nomads could not profit from their numerical advantage, however, and after 120 minutes of goalless football at Little Heath the match went to penalties.
Even then the holders had the chance to retain their crown as player-manager John Cadwallader stepped up to slot in what would have been the winning spot-kick.
But the Upton old boy, whose two goals settled the 2009 final, planted his effort against the post.
Sudden death beckoned and it was Upton who kept their cool to run out 5-4 winners on penalties and reclaim the cup they made their own between 2005 and 2007.
“It’s fantastic to end the season with some silverware and, despite playing for most the match with 10 men, I thought we deserved it as we were the better side,” said Upton co-manager Dave Wright, for whom goalkeeper Andy Shelton, Simon Andrews, Ryan Brown, Stuart Denham and Carl Bishop scored their spot-kicks.
Vauxhall Motors have been saved from relegation for the second time in three seasons.
Motors finished second from bottom in Blue Square North last term and were seemingly heading out of the Conference system after six years and into the Evo-Stik (formerly UniBond) League.
But, like in 2008, the Rivacre Park outfit have been handed a reprieve after a number of clubs disbanded or were placed lower down the non-league pyramid.
Airbus UK Broughton will take their place in the Welsh Premier League ‘Super 12’.
The Wingmakers met the on-the-field requirement needed to play in next season’s slimmed-down top flight by achieving a top-10 finish.
But it was not until Monday that their acceptance into the 12-team competition was confirmed after they were awarded the FAW Domestic Club Licence.
Airbus’ neighbours Gap Connah’s Quay and arguably the league’s biggest club, Rhyl, failed to win the licence on appeal and so are relegated to the Cymru Alliance.
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