Grove 16 players celebrating after winning the Keith Cartledge Memorial Trophy
Grove 16 players celebrating after winning the Keith Cartledge Memorial Trophy

Grove 16 won their first silverware in the Keith Cartledge Memorial Trophy and dedicated the victory to the Advertiser’s sports reporter, Rick Lane.

The Newark Alliance Second Division side, who are one victory away from winning the league title following an unblemished campaign, beat Muskham 2-0.

Ben Lyons got on the scoresheet after 25 minutes when he capitalised on a move that Grove had been practicing in training.

Riccardo Leighton whipped in the corner and Lyons made a good run across a defender to head it past the keeper.

Sam Sharpe should have levelled for Muskham when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper and had enough time to slot it past him.

Grove’s James O’Leary made a crucial tackle on Sharpe to stop him from scoring the equaliser that could have changed the course of the game.

Grove 16 goalscorer Ben Lyons tries to find a way past Muskham’s Laurie Smith and Ash Squance in the Keith Cartledge Memorial Trophy final.
Grove 16 goalscorer Ben Lyons tries to find a way past Muskham’s Laurie Smith and Ash Squance in the Keith Cartledge Memorial Trophy final.

Chris Dobbie scored Grove’s second five minutes before the break when, with more time and space than he realised, he turned and hit a a low, powerful drive past the keeper.

Muskham put pressure on after the break and tried to get on the scoresheet while Grove tried to catch them on the break.

But the scoreline remained the same and gave Grove 16 their first trophy.

Grove manager Matt Wade said: “It was a typical cagey game for a cup final, which we went into as favourites and Muskham had the underdog tag.

“I would not say it was a good spectacle for a neutral to watch but it was one of those cagey affairs and we had two decent teams having a go at each other.”

Wade said winning the cup was different to winning the league because it was a special day for the players.

“For the players it is their day — winning the cup and having a day out and we all went out last night to celebrate,” he said.

Wade dedicated the cup win to Rick, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

“I have known Rick a long time, on and off the field,” he said.

“He follows my results all season and when he rings me on a Monday morning we often have a chat about other things before we talk about the result.

“He’s always been an honest guy every single week and always reports on exactly what I have told him.”