Green settles Guildhall Cup thriller

Bamber Bridge Band Club celebrate winning the Guildhall Cup Final at Leyland
Bamber Bridge Band Club celebrate winning the Guildhall Cup Final at Leyland
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Stephen Green’s late extra-time goal clinched the Guildhall Cup for Bamber Bridge Band Club in an 11-goal thriller against Preston Wanderers at the County Ground.

Mid Lancashire Football League Division Four side Bamber Bridge triumphed 6-5 in a David-and-Goliath battle with Premier Division Wanderers.

Bamber Bridge were 2-1 up at half-time, thanks to goals from striker Green and winger Andrew Conroy.

Preston striker Andrew Charles pulled a goal back for Preston and Wanderers looked set to clinch the cup after Anthony Ruttlidge and Shaun Byneo put them 3-2 up.

But with seconds to go, John Kirkland popped up with an equaliser to send the final into extra time. The drama did not end there as Bamber Bridge took the lead though an own goal before Charles and Ruttlidge rippled the back of the net to give Wanderers the advantage.

With five minutes to go Kirkland equalised and Green popped up with a late winner to settle the outcome.

Bamber Bridge midfielder Shane Oldfield was named man of the match and winning boss Mick Chambers said: “It was the best day of my life in football.

“We only formed at the start of the season. Words can’t describe this feeling.”