REPORT: League cup joy for Bovey Reserves

By  Kyle Tagg   |   Group Sports Editor   |
Friday 13th May 2022 11:37 am
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Bovey Tracey Reserves captain Ali Chuchuk lifts the Les Bishop Cup. (Alan Craig )

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ANOTHER piece of South Devon League silverware is in the hands of a Teignbridge team after Bovey Tracey Reserves won the Les Bishop Cup on Wednesday night.

The Moorlanders put their disappointment at missing out on the Division Four title firmly behind them as they eased to a 5-0 win over Brixham Town Reserves.

They hit the front with just under half an hour played at Ipplepen Athletic’s Moor Road ground – skipper Ali Chuckuk turning smartly and firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Both sides then rattled the woodwork, centre-half James Lockwood coming closest for Bovey, but the scoreline would remain intact until two minutes after the break.

Despite losing his balance on the edge of the area, Ben Moyle managed to sort his feet out sufficiently to drill in his side’s second.

Brixham Town then missed a penalty before Jamie Farrer added a third with 20 minutes to go when he latched onto Ollie Clifford-Bourne’s perfect long ball and lobbed the onrushing keeper.

Chuchuk added his second of the evening four minutes later and then a Brad Rooney cross looped into the top corner in added time to round off the scoring.

Having been pipped to the league title by just two points, Bovey Reserves manager Sean Hawkins was delighted to be taking home the cup.

‘It’s fantastic for the boys,’ said Hawkins. ‘The performance deserved a result and there were some great goals.

‘It took us a little while to get going, we were a bit cagey as is often the way in cup finals. I think after losing the league like we did, the boys felt a little bit of pressure to go out and get the result and make sure we came back with the cup.

‘I think we felt that we deserved something from the season and football doesn’t always give you what you deserve, as we perhaps found out with the league.

‘The lads wanted to put a performance in to prove to themselves that they could get something. They kept going, kept pushing and just didn’t stop, so we reaped the rewards with the goals.’

And he added: ‘I’m immensely proud of the boys, considering that we’ve only been together for the best part of eight or nine months.

‘This is only the first part of our journey together, the first chapter. We’ve started that off on a really positive note and can only look forward to the future.’

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