Congratulations to the Old Bradfieldian football team who head onto the final of the Arthur Dunn Cup following a 1-0 victory against Old Tonbridgians on Saturday morning in the Semi-Final Replay. The match, played at Tonbridge's ground was a tense affair, with the strong wind and uneven surface contributing to this tension. Bradfield playing with the wind directly behind their backs in the first half, made good use of the conditions putting the Tonbridge goal under significant pressure throughout the half. This persistence eventually told, when a whipped in cross from Dan Hodgkinson (H 10-15) on the right wing was met with a well-played directed header by Alex Ames (H 06-11). The Bradfieldians were 1-0 up at half time, but would it be enough to keep the Tonbridgians at bay with the advantage of the wind?
Bradfield started the second half well, but chances came to the Tonbridgians, benefitting from the swirling conditions, forced a superb double save from Michael Hutton (A 99-04) before Nick Watts (C 10-15) and Alex Ames in midfield started to dominate proceedings with well-timed passes, dribbles and vision, making light of the challenging surface . Another save from Hutton kept Bradfield in front before the team played effectively in the last 15 minutes to close out the game, as the Tonbridge team tired and chances started to dry up at both ends.
Well done to Captain Tom Martin (H 06-11) and his team on a well-deserved victory and the team now head onto the final against Old Carthusians on the 24th of October.
A full set of photographs of all the action taken by photographer Andy Nunn can be found here