A young Ryton Park squad claimed the first spot in this year’s Champion of Champions final, with an 8-3 victory over an even younger Priory team.
The first half suggested that a total rout was on the cards as the second division winners swept into a 6-0 lead but a spirited performance after the interval produced a comeback from fourth division leaders Priory, suggesting they will be an even stronger force next season.
Macauley Peacock, Corey Cole, Marshall Scott, Josh Bailey and Malachi Bradford were all on target for Ryton Park but Tyler Witts (2) and Callum Wright caught the eye with excellent goals for Priory that gave them a second half 3-2 success.
Ryton Park will now meet the winner of this week’s other semi-final between St Anne’s and the reigning champions Carr Hill.
Bassetlaw Boys produced a top class show in what may be their last ever 11-a-side match at this level when, after recent performances and in spite of unavoidable absences through holidays and injuries, they went down 4-2 to a City of Gloucester Boys team that was unbeaten in its last 20 outings.
Tristan O’Fee opened the scoring for Bassetlaw before Gloucester, at times a little fortunate, went into a 3-1 lead.
Alex Wonham reduced the arrears when he headed home a Sebastian Menzhausen corner before Gloucester made it 4-2 in the last minute as Bassetlaw looked for a deserved equaliser.