Mexborough St. John’s 3   Goldthorpe 1


Someone remarked before the match that “if banners win matches then Goldthorpe should walk it”.

But it was proved wrong as Mexborough St. John’s powered to a fine win in this year’s gritty Totty Cup Final.

The opening goal came after ten minutes followed by some neat footwork by Mexborough’s Mark Vickers.  He ran the ball past Goldthorpe ‘keeper Middletonin the area and calmly slotted home, much to the delight of the St. John’s fans.

Then, three minutes later Mexborough struck a blow which practically snuffed out the Goldthorpe challenge.  A Paul Gething shot which seemed to be off target was directed by a defender’s* head past the keeper for number two.

From then on Mexborough took command and could have gone in at the interval with more goals under their belts.

For Goldthorpe, Houghton and Wright were hard-running dangers, with Clayton and Horner king-pins at the back,

But goal number three came mid way through the second half when Goldthorpe looked to be hauling themselves back into the match.

A cross from the right by Anthony Dowens swerved goalwards and despite keeper Middleton’s efforts, fell over the goal line.

But never-say-die Goldthorpe immediately hit back thanks to Peter Houghton, he turned the ball home after a move down the right, at last giving the army of Goldthorpe fans something to cheer about.

Goldthorpe:  Middleton; Anderson; Clayton; Thompson; Horner; Webster; Atkinson; Errington; Wright; Houghton; Brealey.  Subs: Wassell and Cooper

Mexborough St. John’s:  Uttley; Jenkinson; Boot; Probert;  Christopher Dutton; France; Dowens;  Mark Vickers; Hesseldon; Beesley; Gething.  Subs:  Lynham and Quinn

Friday May 2nd 1980
South Yorkshire Times? Report

* Mark Vickers claims that he nodded the 2nd Mexborough goal in.

Programme & Medal
Rawmarsh Monkwood
Swinton Fitzwilliam

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