Football - Nespoli fires a brilliant winner for Stilton in county cup final

Stilton celebrate their county cup win. Picture: Claire Howes

Stilton celebrate their county cup win. Picture: Claire Howes

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A glorious winning goal earned county silverware for Stilton United last night (March 18).

The Peterborough & District League Premier Division high-fliers overcame the dismissal of striker Craig Smith to sink Cambs Premier side Brampton 2-1 in the Hunts Intermediate Cup showpiece.

Mark Baines’ men trailed at the break before Liam Rodden fired them level although they appeared to be up against it when Smith received his marching orders.

But they produced the most memorable of late match-winners at St Neots Town FC as James Nespoli glided through a series of challenges before firing into the bottom corner.

“It is no exaggeration to say that is the best goal I have ever seen in local football,” said player-boss Baines after guiding Stilton to glory in his first season at the helm.

“We were shocking in the first half and deserved to be behind, but we had some strong words at half-time and regrouped.

“I was worried when Craig got his red card but a moment of sheer brilliance from James won us the game.

“I’m obviously delighted to win my first trophy as a manager, but it is not about me. I’m just one of the players who happens to pick the team.”