One down, one to go.
Richard Duffy’s Congleton Town are you Cheshire Senior Cup Champions. How does that sound, Bears?!
Pete Williams, Darren Chadwick, Ryan Read and Lewis Short made no mistake from the penalty spot to send the travelling Congleton Town fans into jubilation.
The season they’ve had, the graft the’ve put in and the minutes they’ve played are only a handful of reasons why silverware is the least this incredible team deserves.
From minute one to the final whistle, Congleton left it all on the pitch and were fully deserving of their opener.
Dan Needham, the definition of a big game player, slotted home with a lovely weak foot finish within the opening ten minutes.
Altrincham had the majority of possession after Needham’s opener yet failed to create any clear-cut chances until Harry Perritt fired against Dave Parton’s post from close range.
The host’s grabbed an equaliser minutes before half-time as Jordan Hulme glided past a number of challenges before finishing past Parton expertly.
The immense mentality of The Bears was demonstrated once more as they found themselves going into the break ahead.
Moments before the half-time whistle went, Altrincham’s goalkeeper Gould let the ball slip through his hands from a Pete Williams corner, and into his own net.
The second-half saw very little action in both areas with Congleton making it very tough for Phil Parkinson’s side to break them down.
Altrincham were rewarded for their patience in the closing stages as Hulme grabbed his second of the game, reacting quickest to Dave Parton’s initial save.
George Eaton’s final whistle meant Congleton were heading for their third penalty shootout.
Lewis Short remained the coolest man in the J Davidson Stadium as he fired home to crown Congleton Town Cheshire Senior Cup Champions.
An absolute privilege to report on these lads. What a season. One last push, one more trophy to get our hands on.
See you in Chorley, Champions!