Coachman and Mermaid win first finals of season

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1
Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

Coachman and Mermaid United Old Boys lifted the first silverware of the Driffield and District League season.

In their debut season, Coachman came out on top in the Bryan Pannhausen Trophy final, beating Full Measure 3-1 at Allotment Lane.

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

Manager Nik Woods said: “We won it and did it with good football. Every player gave it their all and worked extremely hard for each other against a tough Full Measure team.”

Coachman took an early lead when Billy Simpson evaded his marker and glanced home a header from Lewis Bean’s corner on eight minutes.

Measure seem to wake up as a result of this and their top scorer Richard Hill restored parity, drilling home after he was found by Eli Preston.

Hill had two excellent chances to give Measure the lead, firstly narrowly lobbing over the bar and then Coachman keeper Andrew Waite making an excellent point-blank save.

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

But it was the Bridlington side who went into half-time with their noses in front. A quick counter attack saw some neat passing release Simpson, who tucked away from 12 yards.

Into the second half, Coachman came out the better side creating the better chances, with Bean and Jason Coultas in the wide positions starting to dominate play.

A mix of dogged defending and wasteful finishing from Coachman still meant Measure had foothold in the game.

Measure manager Ross Gray introduced himself into the action and with 15 minutes to go he had two great chances, first sliding in to narrowly miss at the far post from Preston’s low cross and then dragging his shot wide when he only had Waite to beat.

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

Coachman 3 Full Measure 1

Coachman knew they had a huge let off and duly punished Measure when on 85 minutes, another set-piece delivery was superbly met by onrushing Kane Robinson who prodded home a volley.

Coachman’s man of the match went to Ollie Newby who shored up midfield after replacing the injured Liam Boucher.

Later in the day, Mermaid United Old Boys collected the Don Bemrose Trophy, after beating Flamborough 1sts 4-1. Ryan Tranmer, Steve Grimson and Jake Taylor scored for Mermaid, who also had a helping hand from an own goal.

Flamborough’s solitary goal came when they were already 4-0 down, and came thanks to Liam Price’s penalty.

Also on Saturday, Burton Agnes booked their place in the final of the John Burchett Challenge Cup.

They beat Forester Athletic 1sts 3-2 at North Frodingham, thanks to a double from Antony Dixon and a Kyle Smith goal. Forester replied through Joe Taylor and Luke Stockdale.

In Division One’s only league game, leaders Driffield Star shared eight goals in a draw at AFC Crown.