BRAVE Doncaster pushed Premier League play-off champions Beeston all the way in an action-packed final.
The Town Field club took a vocal support to Cannock and those fans were sensing an upset when Doncaster came out for the second half firing - and trailed by just one goal.
But despite a whole-hearted display from Doncaster it was Beeston - the number one ranked side in England - that went on to lift the national cup and complete the domestic double.
Andrew Monte put the favourites ahead on eight minutes and only an incredible display from Doncaster goalkeeper Ashley Watson kept the deficit at a single goal before half time.
Monte then struck home a penalty corner two minutes after the restart - but a fired up Town Field team struck back almost immediately when Joe Morrison’s penalty corner deflected in.
Doncaster’s travelling army of fans sensed an upset as the final burst into life but a Chris Gregg tap in from two yards and a Ben Arnold penalty corner soon had Beeston back in control.
Jonathan Redfern’s penalty corner reduced the deficit and kept up hopes of a comeback before goals from Martin Jones and Arnold in the last ten minutes wrapped up the double for the Nottinghamshire side.
For pictures and reaction to Doncaster’s big day see this week’s Free Press.