Newick keep their nerve to win The Bonfire Cup

No team finished unbeaten in the 2016 Bonfire Cup at The Dripping Pan Lewes, but Newick Bonfire Society came out on top for the second time in the tournament’s history.

In Group 1,  Southover recorded the biggest ever win in a Bonfire Cup game – 12-0!  Both they and Newick saw off South Street and Commercial Square and in the final game Southover beat Newick 1-0 with the very last kick of the game.

In Group 2 a lively Waterloo shocked Cliffe in the opening game 2-1 although both teams comfortably won their games against Borough and Nevill.  This set up a Southover-Cliffe and Waterloo-Newick Semi-Final.

In both games it was the group runner-up who won out in tight but high quality knock-out games.  Southover dominated the first half but Lewes FC’s Steve Brinkhurst stepped up for Cliffe in the second half to secure victory.

In the other Semi-Final Waterloo suffered with their squad depth and lost 1-0 to Newick in a tense game.  Two tired looking sides took to the pitch in the final and a stalemate led to a penalty shoot-out.

Newick came out on top and took the cup out of Lewes for the second time.  It was a gloriously sunny afternoon and the large crowd enjoyed Bonfire stalls in a relaxed atmosphere – A great end of season for the whole community aspect of the football club.


Author: stuartnoel

Nearly prize winning author of Passport to Football, Budget Airline Football and European Football - A Fans Guide.