Wisbech St Mary and Upwell sides edged out in midweek cup finals

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Two local football sides, Upwell and Wisbech St Mary, were edged out in midweek cup finals.

Upwell Town firsts finished as runners-up of the John Ablett Cup after losing 1-0 in the final to the so-far unbeaten AFC Barley Mow.

Upwell grew into the game and created plenty of decent half chances towards the end of the first half but went in at the break 1-0 down.

During the second half Upwell threw everything at their opponents, including the kitchen sink, but just couldn’t find the breakthrough with the ’Mow keeper managing to get something on anything goalbound.

Manager Karl Schultz said: “I couldn’t ask anything more from my lads today. They all put a shift in. Our goalkeeper pulled off some cracking saves to keep us in the hunt.

“Our defence allowed the county’s top goal scorers very few opportunities in front of goal.

“Our midfield worked tirelessly. The wingers and strikers all battled hard to create chances. Am I disappointed in the result, well yes because we did enough in my opinion to win.

“I’m incredibly proud of my lads. They all worked hard and deserved something out of this, but you can’t take anything away from our opponents. They were great as well!

“We have them twice in the league now over the next week and I aim for us to take away that 100 per cent record of theirs!”

Also on Wednesday night, Wisbech St Mary under 18 lost 1-0 in the U18 County Youth Cup Final at Ely City to Cambridge City in a tight affair.

Neither side played much football but the pitch did not lend itself to a footballing game. St Mary had the better chances with five very good opportunities including four one on ones.

Saints had a disallowed goal for a foul with 10 minutes to go

The club stated: “Unlucky young Saints, players of your ability will have many more finals in your football lives, we remain very proud of you.

Meanwhile, Saints have signed Jermain Watson just before deadline day from March Town United. Watson was part of St Mary’s title-winning side a few seasons back.