FOOTBALL: Two cup final wins in six days for CHQ Utd

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: CHQ score from a penalty against The Beeches in the Arthur Shipway Memorial Cup Final (5945688) CHQ score from a penalty against The Beeches in the Arthur Shipway Memorial Cup Final (5945688)

CHQ UTD collected their first trophies of what could be a treble-winning season with two local cup final successes in the past week.

Firstly they lifted the Alexcars Senior Charities Cup after beating holders The Beeches 4-1 in the final played at Cirencester Town`s Corinium Stadium last Wednesday evening.

The game saw the league`s two most prolific strikers come face-to-face as both Danny Gudger of The Beeches and Chris Saunders of CHQ look to finish as the season's top scorer. Saunders boosted his tally with two goals while Gudger got Beeches' consolation; Lee Harshorn and Ben Saunders were CHQ's other scorers.

The same sides met again in Monday`s CIA Arthur Shipway Cup Final, also played at the Corinium Stadium.

Although this game was a closer affair, CHQ emerged as 2-0 winners, thanks to goals from Joe Blackford and Chris Saunders.

CHQ finished the game with 10 men as they had Andy Forshaw sent off in the second half.

In Division One, there have been just two games played over the last week. Lechlade and Real Fairford, both of whom have struggled this season, played out a goalless draw, and the point for the Fairford outfit confirmed Sherston`s relegation to Division Two.

CHQ are virtually assured of the title with just two games to play so the main issue is who will finish runner-up.

This contest is between Poulton and South Cerney, who are now separated by a single point after Poulton came back from 3-1 down at half-time to force a 4-4 draw at Siddington Sports.

Siddington dominated the first half with some excellent football and deserved their lead, but a more determined performance from Poulton after the break, with vital goals from John Dawson (2) and Rob Paget, keeps them a point behind Cerney with both sides having one game to play.

There was just one game left in the Second Division, and CHQ Utd Res confirmed a third-placed finish with a 3-2 home win over South Cerney Res.

The Corinium Stadium was also the venue on Monday morning for the CIA Mills Roberts Cup Final between CHQ Utd Res and Siddington Sports Veterans, and it was the Vets who clinched the trophy with a 3-1 victory.

The contest was played in bright sunshine in front of a good crowd and in a sporting manner.

Two goals from Mark King and the other from Declan King gave the Veterans a comfortable 3-0 lead before Steve Reeves scored a consolation for CHQ late on, albeit the best goal of the game.

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