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Terrington St Clement triumph in Graver Cup final



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Underdogs Terrington were the comeback kings as they defied all the odds to defeat higher-league Watlington in the Graver Cup final at Heacham.

The North West Norfolk League Division Two side came from two goals down at the break to stun Watlington with almost the last kick of the game.

Terrington were only reinstated into the competition three days before the game due to Heacham Reserves playing ineligible players in their semi-final the weekend before and very few people gave them a sniff coming into the showpiece.

Terrington Res players celebrate as captain Josh Chilvers lifts the trophy. (56973207)
Terrington Res players celebrate as captain Josh Chilvers lifts the trophy. (56973207)

The game started in frantic fashion, with both teams struggling to retain possession but with much of the play taking place in the Terrington half.

A nice moment for Terrington Res match winner Kodie Turvey. (56973199)
A nice moment for Terrington Res match winner Kodie Turvey. (56973199)

After 20 minutes Watlington’s Dan Harpley connected with a delightful cross into the box to head past Archie Bobbins in the Terrington goal.

Celebration time for Terrington Res as the final whistle goes. (56973198)
Celebration time for Terrington Res as the final whistle goes. (56973198)

Just minutes later Watlington had continued to pressure the Tigers goal by hitting the crossbar, just before Josh Ford capitalised on a loose ball to double Watlington’s advantage.

Terrington Res. (56973111)
Terrington Res. (56973111)

As the game approached half-time, and with Watlington in total control, the young Tom Dillon received his second yellow card for an off-the-ball incident to leave the Division One side defending their lead with 10 men in the second half.

Watlington and their mascots. (56973109)
Watlington and their mascots. (56973109)

Terrington started the second 45 minutes in determined fashion as Luke Reed found himself free inside the area but could only guide his header into the arms of James Dougal in the Watlington goal.

Jake Fenn moves the ball on. (56973147)
Jake Fenn moves the ball on. (56973147)

On the hour mark, some smart build up play presented Terrington’s Kodie Turvey an open goal only for him to smash the ball against the crossbar from 10 yards out, before drawing an excellent low save from Dougal just two minutes later.

Dan Harpley, Luke Reed, Ben Fenn and Jordan Collison all keep their eyes on the ball. (56973155)
Dan Harpley, Luke Reed, Ben Fenn and Jordan Collison all keep their eyes on the ball. (56973155)

As the Tigers continued to push for a way back into the game, Jordan Collison was presented with a free-kick opportunity and he slotted the ball past Dougal from 25 years out.

Watlington goal scorer Josh Ford gets a celebratory hug from his skipper, Harry Morton. (56973166)
Watlington goal scorer Josh Ford gets a celebratory hug from his skipper, Harry Morton. (56973166)

With five minutes remaining, the man-of-the-match in waiting latched onto a low cross to draw Terrington level with just minutes to play.

Watlington were clearly playing for penalties, after previously winning their last two, including the recent Division One League Cup final against KLSC FC.

James Dougal managed to get a glove on the ball as Luke Reed tried to get clear. (56973177)
James Dougal managed to get a glove on the ball as Luke Reed tried to get clear. (56973177)

However, a lack of communication between Dougal and captain Harry Morton, forced Dougal to bring down the Watlington striker and present Terrington with a chance to win the cup from the spot in the 91st minute.

That man, Kodie Turvey stepped up and confidentially slotted it past the keeper, only for referee Rob Bunting to call for a retake as Terrington players were encroaching into the 18-yard box.

Luke Reed cuts back inside the Watlington penalty area. (56973183)
Luke Reed cuts back inside the Watlington penalty area. (56973183)

Turvey stepped up once again and finished into the opposite corner to spark jubilant scenes within the Terrington camp.

Very few, including those from Terrington Tigers saw such a comeback on the cards and many congratulations to the Division Two outfit after taking the historic cup back down the A17.

Terrington Res match-winner Kodie Turvey celebrates his late penalty as James Dougal gets the ball from the back of his net. (56973188)
Terrington Res match-winner Kodie Turvey celebrates his late penalty as James Dougal gets the ball from the back of his net. (56973188)


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