Horton v Ingleton at Settle United

6.30pm  1 May 2015

Craven FA, Morrison Cup Final at Settle United FC
Horton 2 Ingleton 4 (att 300)

This was the first time I've seen one of the Craven FA's district cup finals, but I was impressed by the game, the organisation and the level of support for two village sides.

The Morrison Cup is open to sides knocked out in the opening stages of the Craven Challenge Cup. According to the programme, this was Horton's first ever Craven FA final, and their supporters were out in force to cheer the underdogs.

Sadly for them there was to be no upset in the final. Ingleton were on top from the off, and it wasn't long before they went ahead. They failed to build on their lead though, and Horton were back in the game thanks to a converted penalty just before half time.

Two second half goals put North Lancashire League Ingleton in control. Horton, from the fourth tier of the Craven League, pulled a goal back to set up an exciting final 15 minutes, but a fourth goal for Ingleton ended their hopes.

Settle United's Bridge End ground is one I'd wanted to visit for a while. It's a fitting venue for a cup final such as this, for one thing there's plenty of space for car parking. Horton fans congregated on the car park side, which is mostly railed off, while Ingleton fans lined the opposite touchline, which has a pair of dugouts. Buildings in the far corner house changing rooms and a tea bar.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting write-up and great pics. I passed the ground on a walk at the weekend and wondered what a match there would look like. Must return for one at some point. I blog about minor matches too. Just Google "up for the cup".

    You sure do clock-up some grounds/matches.

    Happy hopping.