Old Bradwell set their sights on silverware

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Old Bradwell United are keen to get their hands on their first Cup in 21 years after they reached the SSML Division 2 Cup final.

Barry Rooney’s extra time penalty was enough to secure a 1-0 win over second placed Kent Athletic sets them up in the final against run-away league leaders Hale Leys Athletic, who crushed Grendon Rangers 9-1 to book their place in the final.

Manager David Keene was delighted with the performance of his players in Saturday’s semi-final and hopes his side can do him proud in the final.

“I was pretty calm until we took the lead, then there was a lot of pacing up and down the touchline!” he said.

“Hale Leys are the best team i n the league, but Kent are the second best and we managed to outplay them.

“With cup competitions, you never really know what can happen on the day, so we’ll go there full of confidence and see if we can do it.”

Now in his second full season at the club, Keene says he has seen a marked improvement in his side year on year, and reaching the final is testament to that.

He said: “Traditionally, the club has been in the bottom two ro three, but we’re moving up to midtable. And reaching the cup final is a huge achievement for us.”