Hendersons Butchers ended the Sunderland Sunday League season on a high with another cup final success – making it an impressive hat-trick of silverware.
Already crowned First Division champions and having lifted the First Division Subsidiary Cup, thanks to a final win over South Hylton Potters, they outgunned Premier Division outfit Hylton Castle TWR to hoist the Total Sport Challenge Cup.
Hylton Castle started well, but the Butchers’ defence held firm and the First Division outfit capitalised to break the deadlock, when Craig Hubbard finished off a good move featuring James Baxter and Richie Jordan.
Butchers increased the lead soon after when stalwart Carl Old fired home, but TWR were thrown a lifeline when Kev Gordon took advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot home.
TWR began brightly on the restart and levelled at 2-2 when Adam Drysdale volleyed home a Monson corner.
But the setback only drove Butchers on and they hit TWR with a sucker punch on the break, with man of the match Old racing free to finish with ease.
Chances went begging for Hylton as Drysdale, Gordon and Blackett went close, with Lady Luck on Butchers’ side.
Hubbard’s glorious strike, his second of the game, made it 4-2. Hendersons made sure of victory late on when Old nodded home a Luke Morrow free-kick to claim a memorable hat-trick.
Hendersons will no doubt have a say in the title race next season when they come up against the big boys in the Premier Division, with Shaun “Gunner” Graham looking to add to his already strong squad to cement their place in the top flight.