Southwell City lift Notts Senior League Senior Cup after 6-1 win over Stapleford Town
A Jonathan Nussey hat-trick inspired Southwell City to their first piece of silverware in 17 years.
The Stripes ran out emphatic 6-1 winners against Notts Senior League champions Stapleford Town in the Senior Cup final.
Kick-off times saw the Senior Cup coincide with the FA Cup, and there were several similarities as the two ties unfolded.
On 26 minutes, as David Silva fired Manchester City ahead, Nussey notched Southwell’s first with a sweetly hit volley that flew past the goalkeeper.
Further similarities saw both cup winners hit six, but while the Manchester club picked up their fourth piece of silverware of the season, the trophy was Southwell’s first since 2002, and their seventh in their 126-year history.
Southwell manager, Jonny Upton, who celebrated his 50th match in charge of The Stripes in April, said the Senior Cup win could be first of many.
“We were excellent,” he said. “I knew the lads would be up for it.
“We have made loads of progress in the last two years and it was important to get the result and the trophy off the back of it.
“It’s about building on the success now — once you have got one, it provides momentum for more.”
Southwell, who are made up of a core group that play Sunday football for Wheatsheaf United, that regularly competes for silverware in the Newark Alliance, and Upton said it was only matter a time before his Southwell team replicated the success of the Sunday side.
“Once you have won one trophy it provides momentum,” he said.
“We shouldn’t have finished as far behind Stapleford as we did in the league.”
Delighted with the cup win, Upton looked ahead to next season and targeted consistency as an area of improvement.
“Stapleford aren’t going up and other teams are coming into the league,” he said.
“It will be a tougher division and we will need to be more consistent if we want to finish higher.”
The manager also discussed the future of the club and said a potential move to Brinkley — where the club’s youth sides play — is in the works.
The relocation would see Southwell move away from their War Memorial Park home ground and should they earn promotion next season, it would prevent any ground regulations problems that could occur if they were playing at the memorial park.