Hightown Jets defeat Division One title rivals Palestino to win Spen Valley Memorial Trophy

Hightown Jets celebrate winning the Spen Valley Memorial Trophy.
Hightown Jets celebrate winning the Spen Valley Memorial Trophy.
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Hightown Jets won the Spen Valley Memorial Trophy, defeating Division One title rivals Palestino 2-1 in the final at Overthorpe Sports Club last Saturday.

The sides had progressed through the group stages of the competition and won their respective semi-finals to set up the clash.

The final was competitive with plenty of endeavour from both teams.

Hightown took the lead in the second minute and although it remained 1-0 at half-time, Palestino equalised soon after the break. Hightown’s winner came with 20 minutes remaining and they hung on to thwart Palestino’s efforts and lift the cup.

The Cup presentation was conducted by Bob Secker, president of the West Riding County Football Association and Heavy Woollen District FA.

As with games in the Premier League and Football League, a minute’s silence was respectfully observed before kick-off to remember the 56 victims of the Bradford City fire in 1985.

Hightown are the current Division One leaders, five points clear of Palestino, who have five games in hand.

Hightown’s final league game is against Athletico next Saturday (May 9).

This Saturday sees the Spen Valley Trophy final at Overthorpe when Palestino meet Route 1 Rovers.

Athletico suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Fox and Hounds in Division One last Saturday.

Terry Bayton and Paul Beaumont scored for Fox and Hounds, who also scored an own goal.

Mark Hutton, Nathan Williams, Matty Softly and Matthew Blackburn netted for Cleckheaton Sporting but they suffered a 9-4 defeat at home to Idle.

Applications are being accepted from any club who wish to join the Spen Valley League next season. Applications can be made to league secretary, Soyeb Yusuf - soyeb.yusuf@ntlworld.com.