15 minutes into the second-half, ASC were rewarded for their pressure as Lee nicked a goal back. Danny Kingston’s corner found the Strikers’ captain, who met the ball with a powerful header to give ASC a lifeline. But only seven minutes later, Allen completed his hat-trick, as he brought down Harrison Lawes’ lofted ball before slamming home a low effort into the far corner to restore Patcham’s two-goal lead.
As the game drew to a close, ASC failed to make any clear inroads despite their constant pressure, and Patcham seemed comfortable to sit through to the final whistle. But only one minute after hat-trick-hero Allen was subbed off to terrific applause from the crowd, Lee fired a volley into the far corner to claw ASC back into the game in the 68th minute.
But the Strikers couldn’t take advantage of five minutes of injury-time as Patcham held on for the win. Jubilant scenes at the end for Patcham after an enthralling final, and a fitting way for manager Phil Knight and coach Darren Cheverton to end their time with the club. Sunday’s match marked their last game in charge of the team, as both coaches and several Patcham players step down on a high.
After the game, Patcham United coach Darren Cheverton said: “When you’ve got Allen up front, no matter who you’re playing, you’ve got a chance. If he played like that every week, we’d probably win the league!
“To get here was a lovely way to finish, to win it is beyond anything we could even dream about. Teams break up and move on, it’s just the natural cycle of things. There’s no sadness, it’s a really positive thing. We were especially pleased for Phil [Knight]; the boys couldn’t have wished for a better first manager. He’s worked so hard and just been brilliant with them.”