Stanway lift cup after penalty shoot-out

LEISTON chairman Andy Crisp admitted his club could learn a lot from this season.The Ridgeons League Premier Division side ended their campaign with defeat in yesterday's Ridgeons League Cup final, as Stanway Rovers, inspired by a Sam Newson double, won 4-2 on penalties after the sides had drawn 2-2 after extra time.

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LEISTON chairman Andy Crisp admitted his club could learn a lot from this season.

The Ridgeons League Premier Division side ended their campaign with defeat in yesterday's Ridgeons League Cup final, as Stanway Rovers, inspired by a Sam Newson double, won 4-2 on penalties after the sides had drawn 2-2 after extra time.

But Crisp, although disappointed, knows his club has enjoyed a fine season.


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“Obviously it isn't nice to finish the season with defeat in a cup final, but you can't take away the season we have had, especially our FA Cup run.

“We have learned a lot, more than we probably thought, and the club is all about the squad.

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“It has been the best-ever season in Leiston's history in what we have achieved and we look forward to being back in it again in August.”

Leiston twice took the lead in yesterday's final at Diss, Stuart Boardley putting the Victory Road side ahead, before Sam Newson replied five minutes later.

That's the way it stayed until first-half extra-time saw Lee McGlone produce a superb header to put Leiston back in front. But Newson netted five minutes from the end, and in the penalty shoot-out both James Rowe and Mark Goldfinch missed Leiston spot kicks, as Stanway deservedly took the trophy.

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