King's v. RGS in the 2018 Challenge Cup
Just over a thousand hardy souls attended Sixways last night to see The King’s School, Worcester retain the Worcester City Challenge Cup, courtesy of a 2-2 draw with RGS.
In front of a noisy crowd, it was King’s who got off to a flying start courtesy of a mix-up in the RGS defence which allowed Sam Lowe to shoot low into the net from close range to put King’s ahead.
Thereafter, both sides attempted to impose themselves on the opposition by relying on the passing game which had served them both so well in the run up to the game. However, on a big pitch and a surface perhaps best suited to the oval ball game, continuity proved difficult and both sides experienced some tricky moments in defence.
Just when it seemed that King’s would go in at half time with a slender advantage, RGS struck. Breaking from the back with speed, a speculative cross from the right was missed by all the King’s defenders before being expertly dispatched on the far post by skipper, Max Hawkesworth.
The second half saw RGS begin brightly and, after just a couple of minutes play, a defensive mix-up presented Will Saunders with an opportunity which he gleefully accepted.
Play switched from end to end and substitutes were made good use of by both sides and, as the second half wore on, King’s came more and more into the game. A change in formation and the introduction of Finlay Chance proved the turning point. With the clock winding down, a pin-point cross from Jimmie Poole was met with a fine header from Chance. Despite the RGS keeper, Joe Thompson pulling off a remarkable save, Chance was the quickest to react and dispatched the ball into the bottom corner.
At the whistle it was the King’s players who celebrated most as, for the second year running, a goal in the final minutes was enough to decide the residence of the Challenge Cup for another year.