Newark Town won the Nottinghamshire Sunday Junior Cup
Newark Town won the Nottinghamshire Sunday Junior Cup

Newark Town achieved their goal of winning a county title when they lifted the Nottinghamshire Sunday Junior Cup for the first time thanks to three late strikes in the final.

Joe Braithwaite, Louis Cree and Liam Warner (penalty) all scored in the final ten minutes as the Newark Alliance side overcame Nottinghamshire Sunday League's Crown 3-0 at Forest Town Arena.

Captain Luke Parsons said they targeted the county competition after the disappointment of losing in the Nottinghamshire Sunday Minor Cup quarter-final the previous year to Total Reclaims Demolition First - a side they defeated at the same stage in this year's Junior Cup.

Parsons said: "This was the one we really wanted to win because we should have won the Minor Cup last year and didn't.

"It's the major one in the county so we are over the moon to get over the line. All the lads are buzzing."

The captain said a change in formation for the final half-hour of the final, from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2, was probably behind their success.

In the first ten minutes Town wasted three good chances before Crown hit back and might have scored from a one-on-one before half-time.

Change in shape proved crucial

Parsons admitted: "They were probably the better team after those early chances in the first-half and again for the first 15 minutes of the second. But then we switched formation as we were getting overrun. We dominated the game from there and were far superior." 

After Braithwaite's breakthrough, Cree netted the best goal of the game, getting ahead of his marker to convert a Ben Lund cross to make it 2-0.

The penalty that clinched victory came after Braithwaite set up Cree, who was fouled as he went through on goal. Warner then converted.

Parsons said: "It wasn't our best performance, but we changed shape and that spurred us on to finally get the goals we needed."