The Tunbridge Wells Charity Cup final was this year played at the Culverden Stadium, home of Tunbridge Wells FC of the Southern Counties East Football league. Parking is good at the Stadium and the grass pitch looked in good condition, at the end of a long season.
Hawkenbury FC of the Sevenoaks & District Premier League, lost last year’s final to Eccles. They returned to face the reserves of SCEFL Premier league team, Rusthall.
Hawkenbury have had a positive season and with five games to go have an outside chance of claiming the title, being just three points off the leaders, FC Revo.
Rusthall Reserves play in the Kent County League, Division 1, Central and East. They have had a mixed season, although secure in mid table with just two games left.
The game started in front of a decent crowd, of around 250. Both sides went on the attack from kick off, making it clear they both came here, with the intention to win.
In the third minute, Rusthall Reserves’ number nine, Franck N’Douga, went straight through on goal and somehow managed to fire his shot, into the side netting.
In the 22nd minute, the Rusthall number eight, Kane Ramsell, made it 1-0, with a fine finish, from the edge of the six yard box.
Then in the 32nd minute, Rusthall’s number ten, Adam James, after some fine passing by Franck N’Douga, finished well, to extend the lead to 2-0. At half time the sides went in with Rusthall Reserves in the driving seat.
Within two minutes of the restart, Rusthall extended their lead to 3-0. Number six, Conor Eager, finishing, with a low shot which rifled in, to the Keeper’s right.
In the 60th minute pressure from Hawkenbury’s number eight, , caused the Rusthall Keeper to slip and make an error, allowing for a neat finish, from Hawkenbury’s forward, to pull a goal back at 1-3.
Within a minute Rusthall Reserves went back into a three goal lead when their number ten Adam James, finished well from close range, to score his second of the match.
At the final whistle, it was Rusthall Reserves who finished with the trophy, however Hawkenbury FC never gave up and carried on battling until the end.