The League One Challenge Trophywas first played for in the League in season 1966-67. The competition is "Open" to all Member Clubs "of League One". The winners in 2022-2023 were COLLYCROFT ROYAL OAK WARRIORS FC, who picked up the trophy for the 1st time, in beating DRAYTON FC RES 5 - 4.
LEAGUE ONE CHALLENGE TROPHY - SPONSOR
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LEAGUE ONE CHALLENGE TROPHY - 2023 Collycroft Royal Oak Warriors FC 5 - 4 Drayton FC Res
LEAGUE ONE CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL
(Sponsored by SCREAM ENTERTAINMENTS)
In the sunshine on a superb playing surface at Stockingford Pavilion, DRAYTON RES hit the ground running and deservedly took the lead on 4 minutes when Sean Wilsonhead in a Jake Davis free kick, COLLYCROFT were on the back foot, but pushed forward, Zack Tellyn's shot being smothered by Jake Ball in the DRAYTON goal. Then on 17 minutes DRAYTON doubled their lead when Lewis Commins heads in a Jack Boffin cross. League Champions COLLYCROFT ROYAL OAK settled themselves, Zack Tellyn went close with a fierce drive on 22 minutes, before Rhys Hilton found Jarro Scott to tap home from close range after 26minutes.
It was now COLLYCROFT's turn to be on top, and when on the half hour, Konnor Frankum's 25 yard free kick levelled the scores. The impetus was now with Collycroft and just before the brake, Zack Tellyn steals the ball from the DRAYTON defence and coolly puts the ball into the net. But straight a moment from the restart for DRAYTON when Lewis Commins is tripped in the area, Penalty !! and Jack Bonnell slots it home 3-3.
Which way will this go ? On 48minutes COLLYCROFT edged in front with a Daniel Cassidy tap in from a Daniel Monger corner. COLLYCROFT had increased the pace and looked to have secured victory when after 52minutes a Zach Tellyn free kick in the DRAYTON half falls to the feet of Sean Willis to put his team 5-3 in front.
The pace is relenting, Sean Willis goes close on the hour mark, good save from Jake Bull, the ball drops to Rhys Hilton who fires over. It is now all Collycroft, but the excellent Jake Bull keeps DRAYTON's hopes alive.
Then as the game enters the last 2 minutes, they have a lifeline, when a cross is directed in for a own goal 5-4.
That's it the final whistle, and exhilarating and exciting game, a joy to watch and well controlled by referee Sean Divitt and assistants, Ashley Bonner and Florin Condrus. Thanks go to Stockingford Pavilion and Dave Meuse for the use of the EXCELLENT Stadium.
Also a BIG thankyou to our Sponsors - SCREAM ENTERTAINMENTS and Darren Pemberton.
MEET THE TEAMS
The 2022-2023 Final saw teams from League One Final Competing.
COLLYCROFT ROYAL OAK WARRIORS FC were appearing in their 1st LEAGUE ONE TROPHY FINAL and their inaugural win. DRAYTON FC RES was their 3rd final Appearance. Both after a successful season, Collycroft lifted a League and Cup Double, with Drayton Res picking up two Cup wins in the Pete Smith and Vernon Baggott Memorial Finals.