SECOND half braces from Nathan Brown and Brad Roberts helped Scawthorpe Scorpions turn the tables on perennial rivals Armthorpe Rovers and lift the U13 League Cup.
The two sides battled superbly in horrendous conditions at Cantley Park with driving rain and a swirling wind battering the players for the whole 70 minutes.
Armthorpe established the lead in the first half but were hit with a blitz after the break by a Scawthorpe side who had the edge throughout, though were perhaps a little flattered by the margin of the 4-1 win.
Roberts pulled the strings in midfield for the Scorpions, demonstrating excellent vision as well as an eye for goal himself.
He produced the first chance of the game with a drive from 25 yards which flew just past the post.
Brown crafted a great opportunity with a piece of individual skill, twisting and turning on the byline before sending a ball across the face of goal which none of his teammates could quite reach.
The striker was on the end of a couple of gilt-edged chances himself midway through the half as he met a superb cross from Carl Harden only to volley over before heading a long throw straight at Rovers keeper Austin Christian.
Scawthorpe would be left ruing these missed opportunities when Armthorpe took the lead on 18 minutes with a superb goal on the break.
Danny Green galloped clear down the right before sending a superb ball around the back of the Scawthorpe defence with Tom Gutteridge running in at the far post to slot home.
Rovers were buoyed by the turn of events and looked incredibly dangerous on the break.
Green in particular proved difficult to handle and he again went clear only to be charged down by the alert Scorpions keeper Brandon Margetts.
It looked like the balance had tipped firmly away from Scawthorpe when Harden’s long range effort deflected wide off his teammate Brown.
They were almost hit on the break again early in the second half when Gutteridge went clear on the right but Margetts again surged out of his goal to smother the ball.
But from here, Scawthorpe had much the better of the play.
James Eardley stung Christian’s hands with a long range free kick before Brett Nicholson tested the reflexes of the Rovers keeper with a shot from inside the box.
It took until the 52nd minute before Scawthorpe found the leveller with Brown heading home Roberts’ well-placed free kick from the right.
Though Scawthorpe were on top in terms of possession and territory, Armthorpe contained them superbly and defended gallantly.
However, there looked like being only one winner as the game wore on.
And the Scorpions took the lead on 57 minutes with a piece of individual brilliance.
Roberts picked the ball up inside his own half and surged forward, beating several players on his way into the area before drilling in at the near post.
Harden and Daniel Palmer both missed chances to extend Scawthorpe’s lead before Brown did just that.
Excellent interplay between Roberts and Nicholson saw the latter produce a cross which Brown met with a deft header into the corner.
Christian produced two superb saves to deny Roberts and Nicholson in the final minute.
But he could do nothing in injury time to prevent Roberts grabbing his second.
The Armthorpe keeper initially saved from Brown but Roberts ran onto the parry and placed the ball into the corner to add emphasis to the result.
Scawthorpe: Brandon Margetts, Jordan Hendry, Jake Dodd, Josh Hill, James Eardley, Brad Roberts, Callum McEwan, Carl Harden, Nathan Brown, Daniel Palmer, James Job, Brett Nicholson, Jacob D’Rozario.
Armthorpe: Austin Christian, Joseph Wheatley, Ryan Elison, Alex Pollard, Lewis Gilbert, Macauley Burdis, Jack Holden, Devon Hannon, Danny Green, Tom Guttridge, Kavan Thickett, Kurtis O’Donnell, Liam Straw.
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