BEESTON Hotel were crowned Crewe Regional Sunday League Division One Knockout Cup winners after surviving a spirited fightback from Nantwich Town.
Beeston looked to be cruising to victory after goals from Andy Clacker, Paul Woodward and Henry Buckley put them 3-0 up after just 35 minutes of the final at Reaseheath College.
But controversy struck before half-time when the Dabbers were awarded a penalty kick.
The Beeston goalkeeper, in protesting this decision, obviously spoke out of turn to referee David Farrall, who is also the league's vice-chairman, and was sent off.
Paul Woodward donned the goal-keeper's jersey and proceeded to save the spot kick, pushing it round the post for a Nantwich corner to the delight of the Beeston supporters.
The Dabbers came to rue that miss as their 10 men upped the tempo and took the game to Beeston.
It came as no surprise when Michael Forrester reduced the deficit and this spurred Nantwich on. With 10 minutes to go, Ben Spruce reduced the arrears to a single goal with an acrobatic over-head kick.
Despite intense pressure in the closing stages, Beeston managed to hold out to claim a 3-2 win.
Meanwhile in Division One, Elephant were confirmed as champions after a 5-0 defeat of Salvador, secured by goals from Ponsford, Walker, Campion, Butterley and Pembroke. Belle Vue also saw off Fox Elworth by the same 5-0 margin. Mick Walton bagged a brace with Jamie Goodall, Vincent Pownall and Nick Harvey also on target.
The other game played produced a glut of goals, with Hop Pole eventually edging out Peacock 6-5. McDonald hit a hat-trick for Pole with McGinley, Rock and Whitehead also finding the net, while Charlesworth's treble for Peacock proved to be in vain.