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FA Sunday Cup Final temporarily stopped due to crowd trouble, flares also thrown onto pitch

The final of this weekend’s FA Sunday Cup was temporarily stopped due to crowd trouble with flares also being thrown onto pitch.

Aylesbury Flooring took on and ended up beating Birstall Stamford to lift the trophy in front on 860 match attendees at Peterborough United.

Birstall, from Leicestershire, opened the scoring through a cool finish by Ryan Seal in the first half with celebrations including a flare being chucked onto the field of play.

The Bucks side, Flooring, equalised with 10 minutes to go which them saw the game hated as some fans legged it on before calming down.

Aylesbury then got themselves in front in the 90th minute when Ryan Freshwater made no mistake from the spot.

There were eight minutes of added time for them to hang on and win the cup, within that they then got a third goal to definitely seal the win and trophy.

Flooring manager George Tomlin told the Herald: “Last year we got knocked out in the second round of the competition but we decided to give it another crack this year.

“The squad is like a family – we have had a great campaign this year and winning caps it off brilliantly.”

“We started brightly, created plenty of chances, and were unfortunate to go behind to a deflected goal.

“Ten minutes from the end Ty Deacon levelled, then in the 90th minute Ryan Freshwater scored from the penalty spot to give us the lead and in stoppage time Lynton sealed it with a goal on his birthday.”

“I really wanted to win today for the supporters and all the club officials – the fans were fantastic – they made noise right the way through the game and were singing our club songs.

“I would like to thank everyone who made the trip to support us and everyone who has sent messages of support in the aftermath of our win.”

This is the final ever season for the new FA Sunday Cup winners, Tomlin explained: “I have been at the helm for four years and it is a real commitment for everyone involved because most of us are involved with other football teams on Saturdays.

“We have won pretty much all the competitions we can win now and we will be going out on the biggest high possible after our Sunday Cup final triumph.”


Fans took to social media to congratulate Aylesbury Flooring winning the cup – check out those tweets on the next page.


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