An under-par performance by Bingham Town saw them fall short in the all-Notts Senior League Premier Division final of the Notts Intermediate Cup.

They went into the tie unbeaten in ten league matches, but fell to a 3-1 defeat to mid-table Attenborough in a closely-fought contest.

After a few early half-chances for both teams, Attenborough took the lead when they found space in the penalty area and fired into the roof of the net.

Attenborough doubled the advantage after Bingham lost possession in midfield, with the eventual goalscoring strike curling in off the post.

Bingham improved before the break and Jay Archer’s long-range strike was beaten away by the keeper after a sustained period of pressure.

They started the second-half strongly, with Edwin Towers shooting wide across the face of goal before Tom Spencer ran through and saw his shot saved.

As Bingham chased a goal to get back into the match, however, they left themselves open at the back.

Keeper Harry Hayward made several important saves to keep the score at 1-0.

But after making an excellent stop from another counter-attack, Hayward was beaten when the ball was fired back across the face of goal for an Attenborough striker to tap into an empty net from two yards.

Bingham pulled a goal back through a close-range Lewis Ray strike at a corner to give them hope with time running out.

Substitute Jon Morley went close to adding a second.

His long-range strike was well saved before he blazed over from inside the area, but Attenborough held on to claim the trophy.

Bingham are back in league action at home against Bilborough Town on Saturday.