Newark Town celebrate the treble
Newark Town celebrate the treble

Manager Colin Rusby said he was delighted with his team’s achievements over the season as Newark Town completed the treble.

They won the 50th Willie Hall Cup final 5-1 against Witham Wanderers to round off a superb campaign.

Tom Perkins and Joe Braithwaite scored twice and Liam Warner also netted as Newark came from behind to complete a comfortable win. They became only the second team to lift the Newark Alliance cup three years in a row.

The Blues also won the Alliance Premier Division and the Notts Sunday Senior Trophy during a season where they lost only once.

Rusby said: “It is a fantastic achievement. We have done it all the way through the season and played some unbelievable football.

“It is difficult to choose a highlight — as a player I always wanted to win the Willie Hall Cup, but you cannot underestimate how big an achievement it is to win the Notts cup.”

“There have been some individuals who have stood out with their performances, but we are a tight-knit squad who all work for each other.

“Luke Parsons has been an excellent captain, leading from the back.”
Rusby said he was confident they would win the final, despite falling behind early on.

“We started brightly and missed a lot of early chances, which if we had taken them would have buried the game,” he said.

“Then we let Witham get in front, which was disappointing, but I knew as long as we were creating chances we could do it.”

The 5-1 victory mirrored the scoreline in the first Willie Hall Cup 50 years ago, when Sutton-on-Trent defeated Newark Tudors.

Tell Boschetto, who scored a hat-trick in the first final in 1968, presented the awards alongside Alliance president Keith Arnold.

The game was refereed by David Coote, who made his Premier League refereeing debut a few weeks ago and got through a well-contested final without showing a yellow card.