Dewhirst’s late double clinches title

Ben Dewhirst (far left, part hidden) fires in the opening goal.

Stuart Parkin and Eddie Jenkins celebrate their trophy glory. Picture: David S Brett

Crosshills 2
Trawden Celtic 0

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Two goals in the last 19 minutes from Ben Dewhirst brought Crosshills a second consecutive Craven League divisional title.
The carbon-copy strikes after 71 and 89 minutes enabled them to leapfrog Trawden at the top of the Division One table.
For much of the game it looked as if the long-term leaders would hang on to their advantage, needing just a point to secure the glory in front of a crowd of about 200.
But a disallowed goal for the visitors after 65 minutes proved the key moment.
The referee had already signalled for a goal when Callum Whitehead slammed home the ball from the edge of the area but the referee checked with his linesman and disallowed it after being told there had been a foul throw in the build-up to the strike.
Had it been given, it would have left Crosshills with a mountain to climb.
But it proved to be the spur they needed and within six minutes a through ball released Dewhirst and he cut in before beating Trawden goalkeeper Stuart Cross at his near post with a vicious shot into the roof of the net.
The fight disappeared from the visitors instantly and Crosshills confirmed victory and the divisional title when Dewhirst cut in from near the corner flag to beat Cross again.
The hosts played out two minutes of stoppage time without incident to add the Division One crown to the Division Two title they won 12 months ago. With the Reserve team also winning the league and cup double in Division Four, it completed a memorable treble.
Trawden had shaded things for much of a low-paced encounter in scorching conditions but neither side were able to create many clear chances.
Lee Knox had to be alert after 12 minutes to keep out a wayward back header and was then in the right place to catch a free header from Billy Crawshaw.
Crosshills’ best chance of the first half came after 30 minutes when Andy North latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the area and beat Cross from distance but his shot was too high.
A minute later, Crawshaw won the ball near the touchline for Trawden and his shot from 30 yards beat Knox but crashed off the angle of post and bar.
That was the story of the first half with Trawden restricted to long-range shots and Crosshills relying on counter-attacks.
Four minutes after half-time Crawshaw was again a thorn in the home side when he surged across the edge of the penalty area and fired past Knox but the ball flew narrowly wide.
Then came the disallowed goal and Crosshills’ opener from Dewhirst.
A scramble in the Crosshills six-yard box after 81 minutes saw Knox do well to keep out another wayward clearance and the loose ball was then hammered over the bar from close range before the hosts broke away to confirm the silverware eight minutes later.
Crosshills: Knox, Duncan, S Newton, Throup, Skelton (L Newton, 90), Jenkins, Parkin, Brown, North, Dewhirst, Peacock. Substitutes (not used): Matthews, Lockyer, McCann.
Scorer: Dewhirst 2 (71, 89).
Bookings: Parkin (63, dissent), North (76, dissent).
Trawden: Cross, Dodd, Ross (Whitfield, 83), Moore, Whitfield, Crabtree (Gorman, 73), Crawshaw, Allen (Dickson, 64), Young, Holmes, Swindells.
Attendance: 200.

The winning squad. Picture: David S Brett

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