Cinderford Town have won the 2021 Severn Sport Shield after beating Tuffley Rovers 4-1 at the Causeway on Saturday.
After coming from behind to an early opener in their Semi Final win over Fairford Town in midweek, Cinderford would be the ones to make the early breakthrough and it came through a former Tuffley Rovers man.
Cinderford captain for the afternoon Tristan Haswell got the run on his man from a Cam Duncan corner and headed beyond Tuffley keeper Jake Parsissons to settle any early nerves for the Southern League side.
With manager Stephen Cleal unable to attend the game due to having to self-isolate, Will Morford took the team in the final and would have felt more comfortable when Owen Taylor played a give and go with Lewis Spurrier on the edge of Rovers box, before Taylor slide the ball past Parsissons to make it 2-0.
Cinderford added a third, again from another Duncan corner, when Haswell’s centre back partner Dion Molyneux rose highest to nod home.
Molyneux would depart just before half time with a slight knock and after winning the ball 30 yards from goal, Tuffley would reduce the deficit.
Liam Wright, who was on the bench for Cinderford for their semi final win on Tuesday, started for Tuffley and after winning the ball was played in one on one by Sam Mendes and he made no mistake to drag his side back into the contest.
Lewis Bamford capped off the scoring in the second half with a penalty he won and calmly dispatched with a Panenka down the middle.
Cinderford went on the lift the Severn Sport Shield in jubilant scenes at full time and Lewis Spurrier was named Man of the Match by tournament sponsor Matt Yates of Severn Sparks and awarded with a trophy during the post match presentation.
After the dust had settled on the final, Haswell and Spurrier spoke to Severn Sport about the game, the tournament as a whole and the rest of pre-season for the Foresters.
Watch the full interview below.