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Wiltshire Times: Melksham Town Reserves celebrate their Junior Cup triumph Melksham Town Reserves celebrate their Junior Cup triumph

MELKSHAM Town Reserves clinched a league and cup double as they lifted the Wiltshire League Junior KO Cup last Saturday.

Melksham, who claimed the Division One title by 11 points, beat runners-up Intel 2-1 at Corsham's Southbank ground, thanks to two goals from Leigh Rogers.

Rogers’ looping first-half header gave Steve Burns' side the lead before the winger deflected in Jordan Evans’ strike to make it 2-0 after the break.

Louis Wollen pulled a goal back at the death for Intel, with his mis-hit cross looping in to the top corner, but Melksham had done enough to get their hands on the cup.

“I think we were slightly nervous to start with because we had a few young lads in there but I think we controlled the game pretty well,” said manager Burns.

“We had most of the possession and they didn’t really bother our keeper too much. We missed a few chances and only went in 1-0 up but an early goal in the second half settled us down.

“It’s a lovely bonus and we've had a good season. We’ve got a great bunch of lads, who’ve worked really hard, and it looks good for the future.

“We’re looking forward to a few more tough games (in the Premier Division) and we'll see what we can do in there.”

Later in the day, Corsham Town Reserves were unable to prevent Premier Division champions Southbrook from completing their own league and cup double, with Justin Flowers’ men suffering a 3-0 defeat at their own ground in the Senior KO Cup final.

  • DARREN Perrin was pleased Buckland Athletic didn’t roll over at the Conigre last Saturday as they got the better of his side in their end-of-season Toolstation League Premier Division clash.

Dan Kovacs hit a brace but it wasn’t enough to prevent Melksham succumbing to a 3-2 defeat in their final game.

However boss Perrin, who has seen his side climb the table to secure a seventh-place finish and retain the Wiltshire Senior Cup this season, was delighted the finale wasn’t a damp squib.

“Fair play to Buckland because they had nothing to play for and turned up with just 12 players.

“When Dan Kovacs scored to put us in front, they could have thrown in the towel,” said Perrin.

“Finishing seventh and retaining the Wiltshire Senior Cup, with the Reserves winning a league and cup double and the U18 side in the final of the county cup this Sunday as well makes it a fantastic year for the club.’’

Defender Ryan Bennett picked up the players’ player and supporters’ player of the season awards.

Kovacs was named manager’s player of the season, while Gary Higdon was the club’s top scorer.

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