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Match Report

Cup | Widnes Challenge Cup 2011

Sat 27 Aug, 2011

Venue: St Michaels FC

Attendance: 200





A new teams name will be added to the list of holders of the Derek Roylance Widnes Challenge Cup as Widnes Parklands managed to overcome Avon Athletic with a 2-1 scoreline

Avon thought it may have been third time lucky after appearing in two previous Finals, as for Widnes Parklands this was their first time

It is also the first time that no Premier teams has taken part in this stage of the competition... this is testament to Widnes Football as this has been the closest competition to date and Final itself had the makings of a very close game with both Avon Athletic and Widnes Parklands eager be become Widnes Cup Champions, which proved to be the point on the day.

The weather was probably the worst for any of the previous eight finals, with intermittent bouts of torrential rain and sunshine

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress – Keith Morley and Sheila Glynn managed to lead the teams out and present the trophies at the end, and both enjoyed the day despite the weather. Keith even managed to get involved in the celebrations with the winning team!

The Match was preceded with a minutes silence in memory of Avon Athletic club President and Widnes Football Development Forum founder member – Terry Walsh who sadly passed away earlier this year.


The final match started with a frantic pace with both teams wanting to take an early advantage, which made it a good spectacle for the supporters unlike the weather which was a mixture of heavy showers and bright sunshine.

Widnes Parklands looked the livelier of the two teams with a number of early flurries into the Avon defensive area but Shaun Farrell and Josh Simm managed to hold their lines. Avon were hitting Avon on the break and were getting most joy down their left hand side with Nick O’Grady and Jeff Gleave.

One attack saw a Jeff Gleave cross elude the oncoming attacking Avon players and David Nevitt the Parklands keeper running out for a throw in on the opposite side.

On the 22nd minute the deadlock was broken when Jamie Russell chipped a ball over the Avon defence to team mate Aaron Timmis who coolly lobbed the advancing keeper Kieron Flynn and the ball nestled in the back of the net.

Avon replied with some urgency when a Jeff Gleave shot hit the Widnes Parklands crossbar then Steve Savage fired over from 12 yards after some good play from Chris Morris.

Widnes Parklands kept their attacking going when a free kick from Jay Yates was smashed across the goal from Luke Colford.

On another attack from a corner, Paul Fenlon rose above the Avon defence to thunder a header against the crossbar

On the 40th minute Avon had the ball in the net when some good work on the left resulted with Ste O’Grady smashed the ball past the keeper only to turn away and see the linesman’s flag upraised?

Just before the break another Avon attack – A Jeff Gleave shot from the left beat the keeper but hit the back station and a second cross was behind the attack and was cleared by Sean Moran who was injured in the challenge for the ball.

The last attack of the half came from Widnes Parklands when a corner kick landed at the feet of Aaron Timmis, his shot went into a melee of players in the Avon box who managed to scramble it off the line, just before the whistle blew for half time  


The second half started with Avon in the ascendancy trying to level the scores – their first attack saw David Nevitt getting injured while saving bravely from Ste Savage, the keeper managed to carry on after some treatment.

This was followed by a Steve O’Grady header from a cross from his brother Nick which the Parklands keeper managed to save

This was followed closely by another Avon attack which defender David Marshall played the ball down the right into the path of Steve Savage who managed to shoot at the goal before the defender came across him, David Nevitt could only parry the shot back into the path of Savage who instantly picked his spot and passed the ball into the empty net.

This was closely followed by an Avon free kick that was cleared off the Parklands line; this seemed to wake up, Parklands who made a couple of changes to their personnel. Parklands then began to take control of the match and their efforts were rewarded when a perfectly threaded through ball from sub Robbie Cosgrove to Aaron Timmis on the edge of the Avon penalty box managed to turn his marker and slot the ball past Kieron Flynn into the bottom left hand corner of the Avon nets

Widnes Parklands now had their tails up and another attack saw Timmis beat 2 defenders only to see his shot turned over by the Avon keeper

Avon did make some changes to their ranks which did give them some joy, but it was not enough to level the scores, Parklands defenders Jack Fenlon playing in an unfamiliar role of centre half and Jay Yates managed to marshal their defence

The last action of the match saw a corner for Avon which attracted all the players into the Parklands penalty box, including the Avon keeper – the resulting kick was cleared to Aaron Timmis who was in a race with defender Nick O’Grady who managed to clear the ball for a throw in and hear the final whistle from referee Dave Ellis.

The Alan Corn Man of the Match Award was awarded to Widnes Parklands Jack Fenlon by all 4 officials  



Goals: Widnes Parklands – Aaron Timmis (2)

Goal: Avon Athletic – Steven Savage

Alan Corn - Man of the match Award: Jack Fenlon

Referee: Dave Ellis – Linemen Stephen Green / Craig Doyle / 4th Official Allan Dunbar


Presentation of Trophies after the Cup Final by Guests Mayor & Mayoress –

Councillor Keith Morley – Sheila Glynn

  • Charlie Chadwick Award - 3rd Place Play off Award - HALEBANK
  • Officials of the Widnes Referees Society - Fair Play Award   

As chosen by the Referees Society - HALTON BOROUGH

  • Officials for the Final Tie
  • Alan Corn – Man of the Match – Chosen by the match officials  -  JACK FENLON
  • Runners Up Trophy / Medals  -  AVON ATHLETIC
  • Derek Roylance Widnes Challenge Cup

Winners Trophy / Shield / Medals - WIDNES PARKLANDS



Special thanks to all our supporters:

The Widnes Football Development Forum Committee who organise and manage the competition, to help raise the standards of football in the Borough.

The Mayor (Keith Morley / Sheila Glynn) for attending the event today and Halton Borough Council for supporting this event on every occasion

Halton Borough council – Sports Development Team for supporting the competition. Special thanks to Sports Development Officer Jane Rhodes and Councillor Phil Harris

Landscape Services (Halton Borough Council) for preparing and looking after the pitches, which have been superb this year, without them the competition could not take place

The Widnes Referees Society in particular John Doyle without whom the competition could not take place. Thanks to all the officials who give up their time for this competition and for the remaining season.

St Michaels Club for providing today’s facilities

Widnes Weekly News Sports Sections for their support and coverage of the competition

Halton Community Radio (92.3) for supporting the event with their weekly reports and enthusiasm in reading the match reports

Warrington & District Football League and Officials for supporting the competition which is now in its 9th year

Liverpool County FA for supporting the competition and allowing permission for the competition to be held

All the Sponsors that support the Widnes Challenge Cup Final

Finally – All the players and committee that have taken part in making this year’s event the success that it has been.












For more information go to WWW.WIDNESFOOTBALLFORUM.CO.UK


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  • David Ellis

Assistant Referee(s)

  • Stephen Green

  • Craig Doyle

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