If an athlete won two silver medals in the Olympic Games in one day a whole nation would probably be overjoyed. Unfortunately, two runners up prizes in Veterans football in one day is no consolation to Lanreath who lost out in the Knockout Cup Final to Saltash United. They were then dealt a double blow when news filtered through that Callington Town had beaten Grampound 8-0 which overturned the six goal deficit to cruelly snatch away the title from them.
In the KO Cup Final, played at Goverseth Park, Foxhole, Lanreath were the first to show. In the first minute a free kick swung in was headed wide by Johnny Collins. However, it was Saltash who made the early breakthrough. Brian Stacey heading in unchallenged at the back post from a corner with the game just 6 minutes old.
On 18 minutes Andrew Hatch in the Saltash goal denied Martin Ruffin when he was through on goal and from the follow up Matt Julian saw his effort cleared off the line. Three minutes later though, the Ashes doubled their lead. This time Tony Truscott was on target with an excellent finish from the edge of the box after good build up play from the dangerous Stacey.
Four minutes later Stacey got on the end of a long bouncing punt down field only to see his headed attempt go over the bar as the Ashes threatened to take the game away from their opponents.
Just past the half hour Hatch was called upon twice in the space of a couple of minutes, saving with his legs on both occasions, first denying Julian, then Collins.
In the latter stages of the first half Saltash player manager Chris Truscott had a couple of chances. His first effort saw him cut in from the left onto his right foot, but his shot was straight at ‘keeper Dave McGhee and he made an easy save. A header back across goal from a corner found its way to Truscott, but his goal bound close range attempt was blocked.
Early in the second period, Saltash looked to press home their advantage. Stacey had a shot easily saved by McGhee and Adam Attridge was also denied by McGhee who somehow made up the ground to save when it looked like Attridge had all the goal at his mercy.
65 minutes in Ashes continued to press for a third goal. A powerful long range free kick from Andy Wright was kept out by McGhee and a minute later Chris Truscott hit the woodwork from an acute angle.
Soon after at the other end, the hard working Collins put an effort wide from a throw in routine, but it was Saltash that looked the more likely with another Stacey shot blocked.
Saltash did eventually get their third goal when a storming run and finish from an acute angle capped a man of the match performance for left back Phil Screech with 13 minutes of the match remaining.
Lanreath pushed to find a way back into the game. Lea Riley had a shot which clipped the bar. Although it looked like his strike to a slight deflection, referee George Wright pointed for a goal kick. Another opportunity saw Collins’ well struck free kick fired straight at the keeper and Hatch handled well.
With 3 minutes left the luckless Collins saw another shot go wide after some good interplay involving Ruffin and Matt Evans and in injury time Ruffin wasn’t able to find a consolation when his 20-yard attempt went wide.
Seven days earlier the Ashes were soundly beaten in the League Cup Final by St Dennis so there was probably some relief as well as delight when the final whistle came and Saltash took the trophy home with the 3-0 victory.
To compound Lanreath’s misery, braces from Lee Beer, Pete Jonas and Simon Palmer and further goals from Gareth Plumb and Steve Cribb saw Callington demolish Grampound 8-0 which saw Cally pip Lanreath to the Division 1 title on goal difference.