STOUR CLINCH TITLE AND THIRD TREBLE
By Keith Grainger
Stour clinched the Southern Premier title and the team's third treble in 7 years with a 3-0 victory over Kidderminster last night.
Stour clinched the Southern Premier title and the treble with a convincing victory over Kidderminster at The War Memorial Ground last night. Stour were in control throughout and the solid defence restricted Kiddy to one shot on target from open play during the whole match.
As early as the 1st minute Stour showed their intent when Whelan crossed from the right only for shots to be blocked and cleared.
Watts fired over from a Bustin corner and then Bustin broke through on the left to have his shot saved by the keeper. Kiddy had their first chance after 20 minutes but were adjudged offside with Hayward advancing to force the shot wide of the target
2 minutes later and Stour broke the deadlock and released the pressure. A Bustin corner was punched down into the path of Brindley who gladly accepted the offer and shot home first time.
Kiddy then broke down the left , cut in and shot across goal and wide. Shortly afterwards they broke down the centre and the forward rushed his shot which went high and wide
39 minutes and Palmer put Whelan through but the keeper advanced and saved at his feet.
Within 3 minutes of the restart Stour increased their lead. Stour cut in from the right and a penalty was given after the player was brought down in the area. Hague stepped up and planted the ball firmly to the keepers right. Another 4 minutes and the game should have been killed off when Walker shot over with the goal gaping. However, the Kiddy reprieve was short lived, as Hague went outside the full back, cut in and shot inside the far post from a narrow angle to make it 3-0.
There were a number of other opportunities for Stour to make this a heavy defeat for Kiddy but all failed to find the net.
A comfortable victory and a well deserved title to go with the 2 cup victories.
Congratulations to all players who have contributed to the success, just 2 to go where you can relax and enjoy yourselves.