Stonehouse Town will take on fellow Gloucestershire County League side Frampton United in the Harry Greening Cup Final, after a comprehensive 7-0 win against Taverners at Tuffley Rovers’ Glevum Park.
Winger Liam Gale scored a perfect hattrick with striker Luke Soule also scoring a brace. Stonehouse midfielder Alex Kibble scored a second half penalty after Chris Earle had scored the sixth.
The game started very cagey, with both sides struggling to carve out many clear cut chances. That was until just after the quarter of an hour mark when Ben Carman carried the ball into the Taverners box. His low shot was saved but the ball fell to Soule who tapped home the opening goal.
Taverners’ Ryan Woodman fired a 40 yard free kick against the bar via a deflection minutes before Stonehouse doubled their lead. After a short corner was played to Gale on the right corner of the box, the former Fairford Town man thundered an effort across goal and into the top corner.
Gale made it 3-0 soon after when he got the run on his man from a corner and glanced his head across goal and into the far corner. The Gloucestershire Northern Senior League side would have very disappointed with the lack of marking for the set piece.
Taverners defender Elliot King headed against his own post just before half time as the County League side began to take complete control.
After the break Gale fired over before Taverners and Slimbridge U18s midfielder Finlay Byrnes tested Will Pedrick from 25 yards.
Pedrick was beaten in the Stonehouse goal soon after as Woodman’s header was headed off the line as Taverners threatened to get a way back into the game.
Three goals in eight minutes for Stonehouse killed the game completely as we ticked into the last twenty minutes. First, Gale cut in from the right hand side before his effort scuffed into the bottom corner to complete his hattrick.
Then, Chris Earle took advantage of a stray pass in the Taverners back line to charge in on goal, round Steve Luce in goal before making it 5-0.
Within 90 seconds Stonehouse made it 6 when Soule was left too much space in the box. The forward span well and smashed his effort through Luce to grab his second.
With just under a quarter of an hour left Gale chested down a clearance on the corner of the box and fired a volley that was spectacularly saved by Luce. The follow up was saved on the line by Taverners captain Luke Bedwell on the line.
Bedwell was sent off and Alex Kibble stepped up to complete the scoring and round off a very professional display.
Stonehouse take on Frampton United as soon as Saturday, when the two go head to head in the County League. Taverners travel to FC Barometrics in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One.
Taverners Squad: Luce, Smith, J Taylor, Bedwell, Woodman, Poole, Blunt, Bowen, A Taylor, Bakewell, King, Byrnes, B Turner, D Turner
Stonehouse Town Squad: Pedrick, J Williams, Humphreys, T Williams, Carman, Palmer, Earle, Kibble, Soule, Wright, Gale, Hooke, Patel, Butler
Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Liam Gale (Stonehouse Town)