Avro edge it on penalties to lift Manchester Challenge Trophy
Wednesday 28th February 2018 @ 10:45 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Avro are celebrating after winning the Manchester Challenge Trophy at Ewen Fields last Friday.

James Hampson and Lee O’Briens side beat current holders East Manchester  3-2 on a penalty shootout, after the game finished 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes,

After a glittering performance on the pitch, Louis Potts was voted as the man of the match. Following the game, the former Bolton Wanderers player said he was delighted with the result and his own performance. “We didn’t play as well as we have done all season and we realised that when it became harder than it should have been” said Potts.

“I didn’t think East Manchester were any better than we were to be honest. They had two players that troubled us but we sorted that as a team immediately.

“It was very close to a dream performance for myself and the only thing that was missing was a goal – that would have topped the performance off but I was very proud of the way me and the lads dug in.”

After joining the club over summer, Potts – who scored a hat-trick in the semi-final – will now turn his attention to league matters, where he hopes to help his side claim promotion to the North West Counties First Division.

After going the entire season unbeaten and sitting at the top of the table, Avro looked primed for promotion. However, Potts won’t rest on his laurels and continues to insist that his side will do everything they can to maintain their current high standards. “We’re all focused on the league title now, and the mood around not just the dressing room but the whole club is buzzing. Everyone can’t wait for the day we lift the trophy, although it’s not wrapped up until it’s in our hands. However, that said, it will take a lot for us to slip up now.”

Subject to weather conditions, Avro host eighth place Stockport Georgians at the Vestacare Stadium on Saturday.

When the two sides met at the end of January, Avro ran out 6-1 winners.

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