Ridgewood FC winners of the Malins Challenge Cup.

Ridgewood FC win Malins Challenge Cup

Ridgewood FC won the Malins Challenge Cup last night with a nail-biting one-nil victory against Burgess Hill Rhinos.

The match was played at Three Bridges and is the first of two cup finals to be played that the team has won through to this season.

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The players were delighted as you can see in the pictures taken by Tessa McCracken.

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Jack Backley is pictured with the Malins Challenge Cup won last night by Ridgewood FC.

Next on the list for Ridgewood FC is the Parsons Challenge Cup when they will play against either AFC Ringmer II or Roffey III (their semi-final is yet to be played) on May 3.

Our original story on Monday, April 11: Ridgewood FC have won through to two competition finals in the same season they faced the challenge of moving up two divisions in the Mid Sussex Football League.ridgewood-fc-1-un

In 2014-2015 they were second in division eight, equal on points, just losing the title on goal difference, writes Tessa McCracken.

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They chose to move up two divisions on promotion, to division six, so were unsure to expect this season. In fact, they have exceeded all expectations, so far only losing one league game and qualifying for the finals in both cup competitions that they were entered in.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) they play the first of those finals, the Malins Challenge Cup, against Burgess Hill Rhinos. The match will be played at Three Bridges FC’s ground

The second cup final is the Parsons Challenge Cup. This will be played on Tuesday, May 3, against either AFC Ringmer II or Roffey III (their semi-final yet to be played).

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In the league there is still all to play for, with three games for Ridgewood remaining, they need to win all three or win two and draw one to beat Fletching who have already completed all their games.

Ridgewood are only a small team, with just eighteen players signed on, but all of them are 100% committed to the team and their enthusiasm for the club is tangible. If you wanted to see an image of sportsmanship, you would need to go no further than watching a match played by this team.

Thanks to Tessa McCracken for the pictures.

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