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Tornados breeze into another cup final

Liam Moakes 29th Mar, 2017

REIGNING league and cup double winners Stratford Town Tornados U13s have the chance to add more silverware to their collection after reaching the U13 Ambassador Evesham Football League Cup final.

The Tornados defeated Badsey Rangers 5-0 in the semi-final as, despite missing several key players through injury and illness, they produced their best performance of the season.

Badsey dominated the opening ten minutes but exceptional defending from Taylor Baird, Sam Salter, Nathan Brook and captain Tom Price kept the score level.

Sam Hill broke the deadlock with Stratford’s first attempt at goal with a well taken looping header over the advancing Badsey keeper.

Luke Sibley was unfortunate not to double the lead within a few minutes of the restart when he hit the bar with a long range strike.

As the first half progressed, Tornados’ class started to show and further goals from striker Lewis Robinson and midfield dynamo Olly Parriss gave them a deserved 3-0 lead at half time.

Town brought on substitute Rohan Punia in central midfield for the start of the second half and they continued to dominate the match as further goals from Hill and Parriss complete a well deserved victory.

The majority of the Tornados squad previously played for the now disbanded Bidford Bombers and will be playing in a fourth consecutive AEFL cup final, having previously won the trophy in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The side are managed by Paul Salter and coached by Shaun Williams. They would like to thank parents and supporters for their continued support all season.

The final will take place at Pershore Town FC on May 6, when Redditch-based Oakenshaw Lions will provide the opposition after beating league leaders Alcester Town Juniors 2-1 in the other semi.

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