The Nuneaton & District
Sunday League are proud to support keeping Brian's memory in everyone's mind. The Brian Dowsett Memorial Trophy supports
this goal, with the trophy now in in its fiftieth year, was first played for in the League in season 1972-1973. The competition is an "Invitation Cup" open to all Member Clubs . The winners this season 2022-2023 were WITHERLEY UTD FC Res,who picked of the trophy for the 1st time, in beating SUNNYSIDE INN (NUNEATON) FC 2 - 1in the Final
BRIAN DOWSETT CUP - SPONSOR
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BRIAN DOWSETT MEMORIAL CUP - 2023 Sunnyside Inn (Nuneaton) FC 1 - 2 Witherley Utd FC Res
BRIAN DOWSETT MEMORIAL CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL Sponsored by STOCKINGFORD PAVILION CLUB
With the sun shining brightly the first floodlit Final of 2023 saw WITHERLEY UTD RES take on SUNNYSIDE INN (NUNEATON) FC in the final. The first half was very open and even as both teams saw few clear cut chances. In a competitive phase of the game both midfields plied to gain the advantage.
On 25 minutes the first clear cut chance fell to Witherley's TERRY MOORE who dragged his shot wide. Sunnyside countered and from a free kick on 30 minutes they went close from a header. With half time in sight neither team could afford to make any mistakes, when referee WILL MADDERN waved away Sunnyside appeals for a penalty, that was close.
Following an even first half we did not have to wait for a breakthrough which came on 47minutes. Witherley's NATHAN BILLINGTON received the ball in the box with his back to goal, takes a clever touch before hitting the opener. Game on - Sunnyside's ELLIOT PALMER heads over from a free kick, back came Witherley JAMIE ECCLES going close followed by a KIERAN GRAHAM shooting wide on 74minutes.
Sunnyside were by no means out of the game as JOSH VARDEN takes on a tricky first time shot which sailed wide. Witherley respond, ALEX TAYLORSON lays a pass to BILLINGTON, who with only the keeper to beat scuffs his shot. As we entered the last 10 minutes and with time running out, when Sunnyside levelled the score. JARRED LAVERICK fed DEANE COOKE, whose first effort was blocked, but the rebound was clinically dispatched, to the delight of the whole Sunny contingent.
As we enter the 90th minute it looks like a Penalty Shoot Out beckons, but wait a moment, 2 minutes into added time, a free kick just outside the box, TERRY MOORES shot is palmed away but straight onto the head of ALEX TAYLORSON who seals it for Witherley.
Congratulation also go to Referee Will Maddern and his team of Alex Tarr, Neil Love & Glyn Watkins.
Big Thanks to NUNEATON HARRIERS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION & NICK WILSON for the use of the Excellant facilities at the PINGLES STADIUM.
Man of the Match
The "Man of the Match" was chosen by The Match Officials.
MOM - LAGEESHAN KARUNAKARAN of SUNNYSIDE INN (NUN) FC RES. His whole game performance was superb, creating a number chances for others in an all round excellent performance. Lageeshan can be seen accepting his award from Marcus Dowsett.
MEET THE TEAMS
The 2022-2023 Final saw teams from League Two & League Four.
WITHERLEY UTD FC Res were appearing in their 1st BRIAN DOWSETTMEMORIAL CUP FINAL winning at their first attempt against higher League Two Club SUNNYSIDE INN (NUNEATON) FC who were also appearing in the final for the first time. After a successful season WITHERLEY UTD RES also finished in Runners Up spot in League Four.